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commiserate (verb) sympathize with; pity.

You commiserate with others, when you sympathize with them in their troubles and distress. When a person is disappointed, we commiserate with them on their loss, or their failure. Mother Theresa commiserated with the homeless, and provided them with home. This means that she pitied them and helped them have shelter. Florence Nightingale commiserated with the wounded soldiers on their distress and nursed them. That is, she pitied them, and nursed them.

  • Commiserating with those in sorrow can have any meaning, when, without limiting yourself to pitying them, you can do something to relieve them of their distress.
  • Wealth is detested by the preachers of all religions, but it is wealth that makes it possible for us not only to commiserate with the suffering, when we just express our pity, but also do something to relieve them of the suffering.
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