• WordNet 3.6
    • n sympathizer someone who shares your feelings or opinions and hopes that you will be successful
    • n sympathizer commiserates with someone who has had misfortune
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1755, the first Canadian post office opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The fist Deputy Postmaster General was American inventor Benjamin Franklin who was later dismissed for sympathizing with the American revolutionary cause
    • n Sympathizer One who sympathizes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sympathizer One who sympathizes with or feels for another; one who feels sympathy. Also spelled sympathiser.
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  • Aldous Huxley
    “I can sympathize with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “I find, by experience, that the mind and the body are more than married, for they are most intimately united; and when one suffers, the other sympathizes.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “I can sympathize with everything, except suffering.”
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
    “Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.”
  • Leigh Hunt
    “Sympathizing and selfish people are alike, both given to tears.”
  • George Santayana
    “There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with.”


In literature:

Much as we may sympathize with this indignant outburst, we must pronounce it unwise.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Everybody sympathized in my good fortune.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
The government obtained control of the polls and the deputies, or representatives elected were always government tools or sympathizers.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
It served to explain why his schoolfellows had not been to see him and sympathize with him.
"The Flag" by Homer Greene
They were openly out to get any Buffum sympathizer.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
It is astonishing how much a sympathizing and guiding spirit can effect.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
I sympathize with you; for I am a modest man myself.
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
Of course, I sympathize, because I have been through something of the same ordeal.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
He sympathized with that kind of soft affection, though he would say that he lacked the talent to express it.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Nea, sitting on the stairs and weeping passionately, heard from a sympathizing bystander the little there was to tell.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey

In poetry:

“Regretful questionings; be sure
That very seldom do they rise,
Nor for myself do I endure—­
I sympathize.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
A mournful silence fills the sky,
And falls upon the gazer's soul,
And down the sympathizing cheek,
The watery teardrops silent roll.
"The Wintry Days" by James Avis Bartley
There's a wild harp, which unconfined by rule
Of science, varies with the varying air,
And sympathizes with the free-born wind;
Swelling, whene'er the tempest swells, or sad
"To A Young Friend Learning To Play The Flute" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
May be Lydia had her betters;
Anyway, this man of letters
Took that charmer as his pick;
Glad--yes, glad I am to know it!
I, a fin de siecle poet,
Sympathize with Lydia Dick!
"Lydia Dick" by Eugene Field
How pleasant 'tis to see
Kindred and friends agree;
Each in their proper station move,
And each fulfil their part,
With sympathizing heart,
In all the cares of life and love!
"Psalm 133" by Isaac Watts
Come all you sympathizing friends, wherever you may be,
I pray you pay attention and listen unto me;
For it's of a fair young lady, she died, she went to rest,
She was called handsome Maryette, the lily of the west.
"Maryette Myers" by Julia A Moore

In news:

Pakistani musicians performed in Peshawar, where concerts had been banned by Taliban sympathizers for five years, until 2008.
To hear it from his sympathizers, Gary Bettman is not to blame for the third lockout of his regime.
Turns out the terrorist group's sympathizers are as hungry for news as the rest of us.
High society and union sympathizer.
Eliminate socialist- Marxist sympathizers to save nation.
Could have been Al Shabab or a 'lone wolf' sympathizer.
Monday's explosion in a downtown market injured 38, the latest in a string of small attacks that may have been conducted by Al Shabab sympathizers both to kill and to create sense of insecurity.
At Least One Yankee Sympathizes.
Among such incidents were the Union executions of rebel prisoners in retaliation for the deaths of northern sympathizers.
"I can't tell you how much it means," said Marsha Hunt, who had been a star on the rise when being branded a Communist sympathizer ended her acting career.
The law allows employers to reject job applications from communists and their sympathizers, and to fire any communists in their workforce.
The law allows employers to reject job applications from communists and their sympathizers, and to fire any communists on their workforce.
Tea Party sympathizers rally against proposed tax increase.
A young Mitch Schauer often sympathized with the classic movie monsters that populated late-night TV.
Sympath"e" cards may be sent to Norma 's family at

In science:

The team players don’t care whether ellipsoids (singly or from more than one measurement) and axes are aligned or not, as long as the resulting volume is small. I can sympathize with the lone wolves on aesthetic grounds but the future belongs to the tilted ellipsoids.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary