Sympathy is defined as feeling sadness for other people or the act of expressing such feelings or identifying with a person or an idea.noun
- 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.
noun pl. sympathies
- 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.
- 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: L sympathia < Gr sympatheia < syn-, together + pathos, feeling: see pathos
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noun pl. sym·pa·thies
- a. A relationship or an affinity between people or things in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other.b. Mutual understanding or affection arising from this relationship or affinity.
- a. The act or power of sharing the feelings of another.b. A feeling or an expression of pity or sorrow for the distress of another; compassion or commiseration. Often used in the plural. See Synonyms at pity.
- Harmonious agreement; accord: He is in sympathy with their beliefs.
- A feeling of loyalty; allegiance. Often used in the plural: His sympathies lie with his family.
- Physiology A relation between parts or organs by which a disease or disorder in one induces an effect in the other.
Origin: Latin sympathīa, from Greek sumpatheia, from sumpathēs, affected by like feelings : sun-, syn- + pathos, emotion; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.
sympathy - Medical Definition
- A relation between parts or organs by which a disease or disorder in one induces an effect in the other.
- Mental contagion, as in yawning induced by seeing another person yawn.
- Mutual understanding or affection arising from a relationship or an affinity, in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other.