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. an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion; " his sympathies were always with the underdog"; " I knew I could count on his understanding"
  4. 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.
  5. The influence of a certain psychological state in one person in producing a like state in another.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Kindness of feeling toward one who suffers; pity; commiseration; compassion.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. A tendency of inanimate things to unite, or to act on each other; as, the sympathy between the loadstone and iron.
  12. Similarity of function, use office, or the like.
  13. A feeling like that which another feels; harmony or agreement of affections or tastes.
  14. 1. The mutual relation, physiological or pathological, between two organs, systems, or parts of the body. 2. Mental contagion, as seen in the spread of chorea or other nervous disease through a school, the yawning induced by seeing another person yawn, etc.
  15. Applied to condition where an uninjured part is affected by one that is injured, as losing sight of one eye due to injury of the other eye.
  16. Feeling with another: like feeling: an agreement of inclination, feeling, or sensation: compassion: pity: tenderness.
  17. Feeling with another; agreement of feeling; pity; compassion; capacity of being affected by the condition of another.
  18. Feeling correspondent to that of another; fellow- feeling: followed by with.
  19. Pity; commiseration: followed by for.
  20. Congeniality; accord; affinity.
  21. 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.

Quotes of sympathy

  1. A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism. – Irving Babbitt
  2. Although I'm Australian, I find myself much more in sympathy with the Austrian version! – David Chalmers
  3. A creative element is surely present in all great systems, and it does not seem possible that all sympathy or fundamental attitudes of will can be entirely eliminated from any human philosophy. – Morris Raphael Cohen
  4. Teetotallers lack the sympathy and generosity of men that drink. – W. H. Davies
  5. I am the son of a small and far -away nation and the other laureates have all come from different countries from all over the world and we all were equally received here with signs of sympathy – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
  6. More negatives write than call. It's a cheap shot for me to go on the air with the critical letters or E -mail I get because the reaction of the listeners is always an instantaneous expression of sympathy for me and contempt for the poor critic. – John Hall
  7. Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion. – Louise J. Kaplan
  8. My guitar was loud as hell, and I had no sympathy for anybody else. – Brownie McGhee
  9. According to your sympathy you will take pleasure in your own happiness or in the happiness of other people; but it is always your own happiness you seek. – John Buchanan Robinson
  10. My mother listened to all the news from the camp during the strike. She said little, especially when my father or the men who worked for him were about I remember her instinctive and unhesitating sympathy for the miners. – Agnes Smedley
  11. If the terrorists have the sympathy of people, it's much harder to find them. So we need people on our side, and that leads us to be responsible leaders of the world, show some concern with the problems. – George Soros
  12. Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction. – Anne Sullivan
  13. Since this war began our sympathy has gone out to all the suffering people who have been dragged into it. Further hundreds of millions have become involved since I spoke at Limerick fortnight ago. – Eamon de Valera
  14. And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud. – Walt Whitman
  15. Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them. – Woodrow Wilson

Usage examples for sympathy

  1. This proved that his Majesty had no sympathy with them. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  2. I knew I'd get mighty little sympathy from you. – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  3. " I have no sympathy with him," said Bertha, who seemed for her quite hard. – Bird of Paradise by Ada Leverson
  4. She was ready for the sympathy this time. – Wych Hazel by Susan and Anna Warner
  5. And, of course, no sympathy for them. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  6. The Cat cried for sympathy – Oswald Bastable and Others by Edith Nesbit
  7. Mrs. Vinney looked round for sympathy – Non-combatants and Others by Rose Macaulay
  8. Miss Philura's sympathy and concern were at once apparent. – The Transfiguration of Miss Philura by Florence Morse Kingsley
  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. 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
  11. She asked sympathy of none. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  12. He was full of sympathy and understanding. – The Evil Shepherd by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  13. 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
  14. " It's want of sympathy you know. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  15. How sweet his sympathy – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Pearson, relieved, laughed in sympathy – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  19. But I had a new sympathy for him. – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  20. Was it not in effect asking for a sympathy which she could not hope for from any other? – Macleod of Dare by William Black

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