When you commiserate with your buddies, you're sharing your lousy feelings. People who commiserate have the same negative feelings about something.

Take a look at how commiserate is built: it's from Latin "com-," which means "together with," and miserārī, "to pity." Put them together, and you get "to pity one another, commiserate." When you commiserate, you and your fellow commiserators talk about how badly you're all feeling. After the layoffs, we all went to the bar to commiserate.

Definitions of commiserate
  1. verb
    feel or express sympathy or compassion
    synonyms: sympathise, sympathize
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    express one's sympathetic grief, on the occasion of someone's death
    type of:
    compassionate, condole with, feel for, pity, sympathize with
    share the suffering of
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