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sympathy

noun

  1. (inclination)  an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
    Synonyms: understanding. Type of: inclination
  2. (feeling)  sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
    Synonyms: fellow feeling. Type of: feeling
  3. (affinity)  a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other
    Type of: affinity

Etymology summary

"affinity between certain things", from Middle French sympathie, from Late Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Sympathy

a feeling and concern. Or it can be the perception, understanding, and reaction to the distress or need of another human being. This empathic concern is driven by a switch in viewpoint, from a personal perspective to the perspective of another group or... (43 of 3755 words, 4 images)

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Sympathy (disambiguation)

when a person's feelings reflect or are like those of another person. Sympathy may also refer to: Sympathy (band), a Canadian technical death metal band formed in 1991 | sympathy (Hitomi Takahashi album), 2006 | Sympathy (John Miles album), 1980 | ... (38 of 161 words, 12 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural] | pity [synonym, sense-specific] | congeniality [synonym, sense-specific] | compassion [synonym, sense-specific]

the sharing of another's emotions, especially of sorrow or anguish; pity; compassion | an affinity or harmony, usually of feelings or interests, ... (21 of 528 words, 6 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sympathy

Merriam-Webster:

sympathy | sympathies [plural] | commiseration [synonym, sense-specific] | compassion [synonym, sense-specific] | feeling [synonym, sense-specific] | callousness [antonym, sense-specific] | coldheartedness [antonym, sense-specific] | hard-heartedness [antonym, sense-specific] | heartlessness [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

an affinity, association, or relationship between persons or things wherein ... | inclination to think or feel alike; emotional or intellectual accord ... (21 of 290 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sympathy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural] | extend/offer your sympathy/sympathies | in sympathy

[uncountable] a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant | [uncountable] ... (20 of 189 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sympathy

Oxford Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural] | one's sympathies | in sympathy

feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune | ("one's sympathies") : the formal expression of pity or sorrow for someone else's ... (22 of 185 words, 8 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sympathy

Random House Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

harmony of or agreement in feeling, as between persons or on the part of one person with respect to another. | the harmony of feeling naturally ... (25 of 163 words, 9 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/sympathy

American Heritage Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

A relationship or an affinity between people or things in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other. | Mutual understanding or ... (21 of 139 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

sameness of feeling; affinity between persons or of one person for another | [rare] agreement in qualities; harmony; accord | a mutual liking or ... (22 of 127 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sympathy

Cambridge Dictionary:

sympathy [entry 1] | offer/send your sympathies | offer your sympathies | send your sympathies

(an expression of) understanding and care for someone else's suffering | "offer/send your sympathies": [formal] to express your sadness to someone ... (20 of 78 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sympathy 1

sympathy [entry 2] | sympathies | come out in sympathy with someone

support and agreement | "sympathies": support | "come out in sympathy with sb": to stop working in order to show your support for other workers who ... (24 of 68 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural] | contempt [antonym, sense-specific] | compassion [synonym, sense-specific]

A feeling of pity or sorrow for the suffering or distress of another; compassion. | The ability to share the feelings of another | A mutual relationship between people or things such that they are correspondingly affected by any condition. (38 of 58 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sympathy

Encarta Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

the ability to enter into, understand, or share somebody else's feelings | the feelings of somebody who enters into or shares another's feelings | the ... (23 of 137 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717685​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

sympathy

First use: 1570s

Origin: "affinity between certain things", from Middle French sympathie, from Late Latin sympathia "community of feeling, sympathy", from Greek ... (19 of 86 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

Origin: Latin sympathīa, from Greek sumpatheia, from sumpathēs, affected by like feelings: sun-, syn- + pathos, emotion; see kwenth- in Indo-European roots.

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Wiktionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

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

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Merriam-Webster:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

First use: 1579

Origin: Latin sympathia, from Greek sympatheia, from sympathēs having common feelings, sympathetic, from syn- + pathos feelings, emotion, experience

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sympathy

Oxford Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural] | one's sympathies | in sympathy

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in "..."): via Latin from Greek sumpatheia, from sumpathēs, from sun- "with" + pathos "feeling"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sympathy

Collins Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin sympathīa, from Greek sumpatheia, from sumpathēs, from syn- + pathos suffering

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sympathy

New World Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

Origin: Latin sympathia from Greek sympatheia from syn-, together + pathos, feeling: see "pathos"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sympathy

Encarta Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin sympathia from Greek sumpatheia from sumpathēs "feeling with" from pathos "feeling"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717685​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sympathy"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

sympathy | sympathies [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

sympathy [entry 1]

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the Free Dictionary:

sympathy

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Google Dictionary:

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

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