- An example of sympathy is the way you feel for your friend when her husband dies.
- An example of sympathy is what you say to your friend when her husband dies.
- An example of sympathy is when you say you understand where a person is coming from.
- sameness of feeling; affinity between persons or of one person for another
- Now Rare agreement in qualities; harmony; accord
- a mutual liking or understanding arising from sameness of feeling
- an entering into, or the ability to enter into, another person's mental state, feelings, emotions, etc.
- pity or compassion felt for another's trouble, suffering, etc.
- [often pl.] a feeling of approval of or agreement with an idea, cause, etc.
- Physics a relation or harmony between bodies of such a nature that vibrations in one cause sympathetic vibrations in the other or others
- Physiol. a relation between body parts of such a nature that a disorder, pain, etc. in one induces a similar effect in another
Origin of sympathyClassical Latin sympathia from Classical Greek sympatheia from syn-, together + pathos, feeling: see pathos
- a. A feeling of pity or sorrow for the distress of another; commiseration. See Synonyms at pity.b. often sympathies An expression of such feeling: offered her sympathies to the mourning family.
- a. Mutual understanding or feeling between people: “Like two frightened children, we sought at the same time to comfort one another, so quick was the sympathy between us” ( Nicholas Meyer )b. Agreement with or support for an opinion or position: The mayor is in sympathy with the proposal.c. often sympathies A tendency to support a position or opinion: a politician of conservative sympathies.
- a. A relationship or affinity between things in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other: “Continuous measurements of ionospheric densities … showed a variation of noon ionization in sympathy with sunspot activity” ( E.V. Appelton )b. Physics A relation between bodies such that vibrations in one body cause sympathetic vibrations in another.c. Physiology A relation between parts or organs by which a disease or disorder in one induces an effect in the other.
Origin of sympathyLatin sympathīa natural affinity, fellow feeling from Greek sumpatheia from sumpathēs affected by like feelings sun- syn- pathos emotion ; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.
Used similarly to empathy, interchangeably in looser usage. In stricter usage, empathy is stronger and more intimate, while sympathy is weaker and more distant; see empathy: usage notes.
From Middle French sympathie, from Late Latin sympathia, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ…Î¼Ï€Î¬Î¸ÎµÎ¹Î± (sumpatheia), from ÏƒÏÎ½ (sun, “with, together") + Ï€Î¬Î¸Î¿Ï‚ (pathos, “suffering").