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. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Feeling with another: like feeling: an agreement of inclination, feeling, or sensation: compassion: pity: tenderness.
  16. Feeling with another; agreement of feeling; pity; compassion; capacity of being affected by the condition of another.
  17. Feeling correspondent to that of another; fellow- feeling: followed by with.
  18. Pity; commiseration: followed by for.
  19. Congeniality; accord; affinity.
  20. 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