Definitions of sympathetic

  1. ( of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings; " the sympathetic characters in the play"
  2. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding; " was charitable in his opinions of others"; " kindly criticism"; " a kindly act"; " sympathetic words"
  3. having similar disposition and tastes; " a compatible married couple"; " with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"
  4. relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body; " sympathetic vibration"
  5. ( physiology; anatomy) of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system; " sympathetic neurons"; " sympathetic stimulation"
  6. expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward; " sympathetic to the students' cause"; " a sympathetic observer"; " a sympathetic gesture"
  7. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity; " was charitable in his opinions of others"; " kindly criticism"; " a kindly act"; " sympathetic words"; " a large- hearted mentor"
  8. Congenial.
  9. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing.
  10. Produced by, or expressive of, sympathy.
  11. Produced by sympathy; -- applied particularly to symptoms or affections. See Sympathy.
  12. Of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system or some of its branches; produced by stimulation on the sympathetic nervious system or some part of it; as, the sympathetic saliva, a modified form of saliva, produced from some of the salivary glands by stimulation of a sympathetic nerve fiber.
  13. Resulting from, or expressive of, fellow- feeling or similar feelings; being in harmony with; congenial; as, sympathetic tastes.
  14. Sympathetically.
  15. 1. Relating to or exhibiting sympathy. 2. Noting the nerves of organic life.
  16. Pertaining to sympathetic nerve and communicating ganglia.
  17. Feeling sympathy; produced by sympathy.
  18. Pertaining to sympathy.
  19. Having a fellow- feeling for others.
  20. Sympathetical.
  21. Sympatheticly.
  22. Pertaining to or expressing sympathy; having common feeling with another; susceptible of being affected by feelings like those of another; produced by sympathy; inducing sympathy. Sympathetic ink, an ink which makes no mark upon the paper until it is heated.
  23. The system of nerves supplying the viscera and blood - vessels, and intimately connected with the spinal and some cerebral nerves; coloration in imitation of surroundings.

Antonyms for sympathetic

tough, degrading, unrepentant, antiseptic, belittling, unfriendly, murderous, barbaric, uncompassionate, obdurate, spiteful, bloody, churlish, teed off, choleric, virulent, foaming, angered, apathetic, enraged, roiled, demeaning, surly, sullen, stonyhearted, truculent, indurate, cold, malignant, riled, case-hardened, vindictive, icy, slighting, depreciatory, revengeful, unthinking, numb, acrid, malicious, embittered, unappealing, scornful, bad, savage, untoward, derogative, inhuman, sanguineous, adversarial, negative, barbarous, splenetic, allergic, grim, dogged, mad, gelid, unmerciful, unlikeable, butcherly, infuriated, ill-tempered, indifferent, unsympathetic, Coldish, nasty, ironhearted, malign, stoic, livid, cool, heavy-handed, homicidal, Decrying, hateful, gruff, inhospitable, unfeeling, slash-and-burn, brute, apoplectic, cruel, bloody-minded, rough, ireful, brutish, take-no-prisoners, uninterested, shameless, atrocious, snappish, clammy, crusty, insensate, ill-natured, hard-boiled, Horn-mad, severe, averse, rancorous, pachydermatous, uncaring, remorseless, unsympathising, inhumane, narrow-minded, ballistic, bigoted, unkindly, vengeful, incensed, derisory, chilly, catty, sanguine, depreciative, detractive, brutal, small-minded, unharmonious, acrimonious, sore, Murdering, cheesed off, derogatory, uncomplimentary, Hard-hearted, hard-eyed, merciless, thick-skinned, stern, compassionless, aloof, thoughtless, adverse, undemonstrative, infuriate, adversary, disdainful, unsentimental, denigratory, wroth, furious, impenitent, pejorative, ungentle, crabbed, unlikable, inimical, stolid, sulky, insensitive, bloodthirsty, unfavorable, unkind, antipathetic, Fiendish, cold-blooded, hard, Hopping, steaming, mean, angry, heartless, vicious, affectless, unemotional, uncordial, hard-bitten, hot, dissimilar, arctic, sanguinary, indignant, counter, inconsiderate, unloving, inharmonious, antagonistic, harsh, Fuming, disadvantageous, disagreeable, pitiless, Rankled, emotionless, prejudicial, glacial, unsparing, deprecatory, wrathful, wanton, cold-eyed, sadistic, unaffectionate, coldhearted, bestial, passionless, mortal, Ticked, desensitized, denigrative, shirty, ill-humored, phlegmatic, unashamed, despiteful, resentful, stony, inflamed, morose, callous, unsympathizing, chill, irate, jaundiced, ruthless, riley, contemptuous, steamed up, uncharitable, oppressive, unrelenting, malevolent, frigid, disparaging, abusive, bitter, rabid, brittle, wintry, outraged, frozen, hostile, soulless, frosty.

Quotes of sympathetic

  1. Acted drama requires surrender of one's self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops. – George P. Baker
  2. In all the great periods of the drama perfect freedom of choice and subject, perfect freedom of individual treatment, and an audience eager to give itself to sympathetic listening, even if instruction be involved, have brought the great results. – George P. Baker
  3. I was not sympathetic to the assumption that criminals had radically different motivations from everyone else. – Gary Becker
  4. Where there had been only jeers or taunts at first, crowds come to listen with serious and sympathetic men. – Edward Carpenter
  5. Sympathetic cracks. A term frequently used by architects and surveyors in terms of ageing houses. I know what they mean. – Ted Dexter
  6. Perhaps he was a bit different from other people, but what really sympathetic person is not a little mad? – Isadora Duncan
  7. The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder, the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself. – Gerald R. Ford
  8. Of course, there will be few people who are sympathetic but you don't become a great team overnight, no matter how much money you have at your disposal. – Frank Lampard
  9. Broad paths are open to every endeavour, and a sympathetic recognition is assured to every one who consecrates his art to the divine services of a conviction of a consciousness. – Franz Liszt
  10. I don't think that digital photography is romantic yet. It's not sympathetic the way that film is. – Matthew Modine
  11. This( George W. Bush's) administration is not sympathetic to corporations, it is indentured to corporations. – Ralph Nader
  12. I was never a villain on the stage. I always played strong, sympathetic types. My first stage role with a speaking part, believe it or not, was as a priest. It wasn't until I began acting in films that the producers and directors saw me primarily as a bizarre villain. – Conrad Veidt
  13. I try to find what makes even the worst, most despicable character sympathetic at his or her core. – Len Wein
  14. At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving. – Woodrow Wilson

Usage examples for sympathetic

  1. Sympathetic reactions could not be elicited. – Studies in Forensic Psychiatry by Bernard Glueck
  2. There had always been something fine and sweet in the Southern woman, something sympathetic in her touch, in the tone of her voice even when she said cynical things. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  3. Phil gave a little, sympathetic cry and put her hand on the girl's shoulder. – Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  4. This gave him a more intimate knowledge and sympathetic understanding of a child's difficulties. – Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents The Mazengarb Report (1954) by Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
  5. Run along and do the sympathetic V. A. D. touch! – A Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold
  6. He remains in this position a moment, and then, with a sigh of relief and rest, looks upon the sympathetic faces of the people about him, with almost a smile on his face. – Dramatic Technique by George Pierce Baker
  7. I had never seen any one so dear, so sympathetic – The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  8. The nurse was very sympathetic – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  9. Nataly was not so sympathetic – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  10. She feared even Victoria, her own daughter and my sister; but a woman, very pretty and sympathetic who would be only twenty- eight when I was eighteen, must have seemed to her mind the greatest peril of all. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  11. If it were not a failure, Madame Foa would not be so sympathetic – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  12. Grace gave a sympathetic shake of her head. – Undo-a-Novel-By-Joe-Hutsko by Hutsko, Joe
  13. " No," I said softly, for the woman's voice sounded so pleasant and sympathetic that I wanted her to stay. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  14. The young doctor gazed at the pretty sympathetic face with no little pleasure, as he saw its troubled look, and the tears rising in the eyes. – The Star-Gazers by George Manville Fenn
  15. " I always thought her pretty, and one of the best and most sympathetic girls whom I had ever met," said Nikolai, with the emphasis with which men praise girls with whom they feel themselves in the wrong. – Boris Lensky by Ossip Schubin
  16. He always had the fighting edge, yet could be as tender and sympathetic as any one. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs
  17. The solemn stranger was very sympathetic and inquired what was the name of the man who had been killed, and whether he was married. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  18. The audience was sympathetic but impatient. – The Idol of Paris by Sarah Bernhardt
  19. Corny was always real good to me when I have been at Glenfield, added the fair girl, and she actually shed some sympathetic tears as she thought of his wounded shoulder. – Within The Enemy's Lines SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  20. She grasped his hand in a quick sympathetic movement that she seemed instantly to regret. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux