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.
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 ÏƒÏ…Î¼Ï€Î¬Î¸ÎµÎ¹Î± (sumpatheia), from ÏƒÏÎ½ (sun, “with, together") + Ï€Î¬Î¸Î¿Ï‚ (pathos, “suffering").