Sympathy definition

sĭmpə-thē
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A feeling of approval of or agreement with an idea, cause, etc.
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Sameness of feeling; affinity between persons or of one person for another.
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(now rare) Agreement in qualities; harmony; accord.
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A mutual liking or understanding arising from sameness of feeling.
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A feeling of pity or sorrow for the suffering or distress of another; compassion.
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An entering into, or the ability to enter into, another person's mental state, feelings, emotions, etc.
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An expression of such feeling.

Offered our sympathies to the mourning family.

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(physics) A relation between bodies such that vibrations in one body cause sympathetic vibrations in 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 feeling of pity or sorrow for the distress of another; commiseration.
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An expression of such feeling.

Offered her sympathies to the mourning family.

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Mutual understanding or feeling between people.
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Agreement with or support for an opinion or position.

The mayor is in sympathy with the proposal.

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A tendency to support a position or opinion.

A politician of conservative sympathies.

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A relationship or affinity between things in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other.
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(physics) A relation between bodies such that vibrations in one body cause sympathetic vibrations in another.
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(physiology) A relation between parts or organs by which a disease or disorder in one induces an effect in the other.
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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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Pity or compassion felt for another's trouble, suffering, etc.
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A feeling of pity or sorrow for the distress of another; commiseration.
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A relationship or affinity between things in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other.
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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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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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(physiology) A relation between parts or organs by which a disease or disorder in one induces an effect in the other.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sympathy
Plural:
sympathies

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