Definitions of sympathy

  1. sharing the feelings of others ( especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
  2. a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other; " the two of them were in close sympathy"
  3. The reciprocal influence exercised by organs or parts on one another, as shown in the effects of a diseased condition of one part on another part or organ, as in the vomiting produced by a tumor of the brain.
  4. The influence of a certain psychological state in one person in producing a like state in another.
  5. Feeling corresponding to that which another feels; the quality of being affected by the affection of another, with feelings correspondent in kind, if not in degree; fellow- feeling.
  6. An agreement of affections or inclinations, or a conformity of natural temperament, which causes persons to be pleased, or in accord, with one another; as, there is perfect sympathy between them.
  7. Kindness of feeling toward one who suffers; pity; commiseration; compassion.
  8. The reciprocal influence exercised by the various organs or parts of the body on one another, as manifested in the transmission of a disease by unknown means from one organ to another quite remote, or in the influence exerted by a diseased condition of one part on another part or organ, as in the vomiting produced by a tumor of the brain.
  9. That relation which exists between different persons by which one of them produces in the others a state or condition like that of himself. This is shown in the tendency to yawn which a person often feels on seeing another yawn, or the strong inclination to become hysteric experienced by many women on seeing another person suffering with hysteria.
  10. A tendency of inanimate things to unite, or to act on each other; as, the sympathy between the loadstone and iron.
  11. Similarity of function, use office, or the like.
  12. A feeling like that which another feels; harmony or agreement of affections or tastes.
  13. Feeling with another: like feeling: an agreement of inclination, feeling, or sensation: compassion: pity: tenderness.
  14. Feeling with another; agreement of feeling; pity; compassion; capacity of being affected by the condition of another.
  15. Feeling correspondent to that of another; fellow- feeling: followed by with.
  16. Pity; commiseration: followed by for.
  17. Congeniality; accord; affinity.
  18. Fellow- feeling; the quality of being affected by the affection of another with correspondent feelings; compassion; an agreement of affections or inclinations; a correspondence of various parts of the body in similar sensations or affections; a propension of inanimate things to unite, or to act on each other.

Usage examples for sympathy

  1. I knew I'd get mighty little sympathy from you. – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  2. Miss Philura's sympathy and concern were at once apparent. – The Transfiguration of Miss Philura by Florence Morse Kingsley
  3. Pearson, relieved, laughed in sympathy. – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  4. He was full of sympathy and understanding. – The Evil Shepherd by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  5. " I have no sympathy with him," said Bertha, who seemed for her quite hard. – Bird of Paradise by Ada Leverson
  6. She asked sympathy of none. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  7. Then she filled it as full as she could carry and started back to pay the price of her sympathy. – The Ranch at the Wolverine by B. M. Bower
  8. Mrs. Vinney looked round for sympathy. – Non-combatants and Others by Rose Macaulay
  9. With any other teacher, or with any of the girls, Madge might have cried in sympathy. – Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  10. But all the love and all the sympathy could not share with him his suffering. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  11. How sweet his sympathy! – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  12. Was it not in effect asking for a sympathy which she could not hope for from any other? – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  13. This proved that his Majesty had no sympathy with them. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  14. She was ready for the sympathy this time. – Wych Hazel by Susan and Anna Warner
  15. But I had a new sympathy for him. – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  16. And, of course, no sympathy for them. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  17. The Cat cried for sympathy. – Oswald Bastable and Others by Edith Nesbit
  18. " It's want of sympathy, you know. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  19. I had given all the sympathy I had, and it was no use going again to the well when there was no more water. – Joyous Gard by Arthur Christopher Benson
  20. And then she became aware of Chalfont, met his eyes and saw in them sympathy and concern and understanding. – The Rustle of Silk by Cosmo Hamilton