Sympathy meaning

sĭmpə-thē
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Sympathy is defined as feeling sadness for other people or the act of expressing such feelings or identifying with a person or an idea.

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.

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A feeling of pity or sorrow for the suffering or distress of another; compassion.
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Sameness of feeling; affinity between persons or of one person for another.
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The ability to share the feelings of another;
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A mutual relationship between people or things such that they are correspondingly affected by any condition.
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A mutual liking or understanding arising from sameness of feeling.
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A feeling of approval of or agreement with an idea, cause, etc.
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(now rare) Agreement in qualities; harmony; accord.
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(physics) A relation or harmony between bodies of such a nature that vibrations in one cause sympathetic vibrations in the other or others.
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(physiol.) A relation between body parts of such a nature that a disorder, pain, etc. in one induces a similar effect in another.
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Origin of sympathy

  • Latin sympathīa natural affinity, fellow feeling from Greek sumpatheia from sumpathēs affected by like feelings sun- syn- pathos emotion kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French sympathie, from Late Latin sympathia, from Ancient Greek συμπάθεια (sumpatheia), from σύν (sun, “with, together") + πάθος (pathos, “suffering").

    From Wiktionary