• WordNet 3.6
    • n sympathy 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"
    • n sympathy sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
    • n sympathy a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other "the two of them were in close sympathy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning. The meaning of rose colors: Red = Love and respect, Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation, Light pink = Admiration, sympathy White = Reverence, humility, Yellow = Joy, gladness,Orange = Enthusiasm, desire, Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality,Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship
    • Sympathy A tendency of inanimate things to unite, or to act on each other; as, the sympathy between the loadstone and iron.
    • Sympathy 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.
    • Sympathy 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. "They saw, but other sight instead -- a crowd
      Of ugly serpents! Horror on them fell,
      And horrid sympathy ."
    • Sympathy Kindness of feeling toward one who suffers; pity; commiseration; compassion. "I value myself upon sympathy , I hate and despise myself for envy."
    • Sympathy Similarity of function, use office, or the like. "The adverb has most sympathy with the verb.""Fault,
      Acknowledged and deplored, in Adam wrought Commiseration ."
    • Sympathy (Physiol. & Med) The influence of a certain psychological state in one person in producing a like state in another.
    • Sympathy (Physiol. & Med) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sympathy Feeling identical with or resembling that which another feels; the quality or state of being affected with feelings or emotions corresponding in kind if not in degree to those which another experiences: said of pleasure or pain, but especially of the latter; fellow-feeling; commiseration; compassion. In writers not quite modern an occult influence of one mind (or body) by another is meant, but this meaning is now almost forgotten.
    • n sympathy An agreement of affections or inclinations, or a conformity of natural disposition which makes two persons agreeable each to the other; mutual or reciprocal inclination or affection; sympathetic interest: in this sense commonly followed by with: as, to have sympathy with a person in his hopes, aspirations, or aims.
    • n sympathy In physiology and pathology: That state of an organ or a tissue which has a certain relation to the condition of another organ or tissue in health and disease; a related state of the vital manifestations or actions in different organs or tissues, such that when one part is excited or affected others are also affected; that relation of the organs and parts of a living body to each other whereby a disordered condition of one part induces more or less disorder in another part: as, for example, the pain in the brow caused by taking a draught of cold water into the stomach, the pain in the right shoulder arising from disease of the liver, or the irritation and vomiting produced by a tumor of the brain.
    • n sympathy The influence which the physiological or pathological state of one individual has in producing the same or an analogous state in another at the same time or in rapid succession, as exemplified in the hysterical convulsions which affect a number of women on seeing one of their companions suffering from hysteria, or the yawning produced by seeing an other yawn.
    • n sympathy Physical action at a distance (so used by old writers against astrology, who argue that the influence of the stars is not physical sympathy and not moral sympathy, and therefore does not exist at all): as, the sympathy between the lodestone and iron.
    • n sympathy In acoustics, the fact, condition, or result of such a relation between two vibratile bodies that when one is thrown into vibration the other tends to vibrate in a similar or related way, in consequence of the vibrations communicated to it through the air or some other medium.
    • n sympathy Affinity, harmony.
    • sympathy To sympathize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sympathy sim′pa-thi like feeling: an agreement of inclination, feeling, or sensation: compassion: pity: tenderness: an agreement of affections or inclinations, or a conformity of natural temperament: mutual conformity of parts in the fine arts: correspondence of parts in similar sensations or affections, or the affection of the whole body or system, or some part of it, in consequence of local injury or disease: propensity of inanimate bodies to union or mutual action: the effective union of colours
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  • George Macdonald
    “When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over.”
  • Jerome K. Jerome
    “It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    “The more sympathy you give, the less you need.”
  • John Ruskin
    “The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sympathie, L. sympathia, Gr. ; sy`n with + suffering, passion, fr. , , to suffer. See Syn-, and Pathos
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sympatheiasyn, with, pathos, suffering.


In literature:

The contrabands were also the objects of her sympathy and care, and she assembled them for religious worship and instruction on the Sabbath.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
This pride, too, goes side by side with a want of sympathy.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
But she completely charmed the simple Olive with her beauty, her sparkling, winning cheerfulness, and her ready sympathy.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
In these songs, we are exceedingly confined in our sympathies.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
It put Grant into sympathy with Congress, and Republicans into sympathy with Grant.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
From sympathy it is only one step to encouragement, which indeed is effective only where sympathy or at least belief in sympathy exists.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
Furthermore, the chance was that if he worked successfully upon Mr. Skeys' sympathies, the Bloods would be influenced.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
His admiration for Steve was as unstinted as his sympathy for the call that had been suddenly made on him.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Lady Calmady was drawn to him by deepened sympathy.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
That was a bond of sympathy between them.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas

In poetry:

And all the throng will tell you so: ...
'Tis sympathy that brings them there;
They love to weep for others' woe,
And come but to enjoy a tear.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
He left the Father's throne
To claim thee for His own:
His is a heart of love,
Whose depths of sympathy,
O'erflowing from above,
Yearn evermore for thee.
"Abide In Him, Abide" by Horatius Bonar
'Tis then he feels and hears and sees
Thoughts, hopes and joys to angels given;
Those chains of towering sympathies
Which link the earthly soul to heaven.
"Morning Thoughts" by John Bowring
Wi' brimmin' lip, and laughin' ee,
Thou shookest even Grief wi' glee,
Yet had nae niggart sympathy
Where Sorrow bowed,
But gavest a' thy tears as free
As a' thy gowd.
"To Robert Burns" by James Whitcomb Riley
The joys that touched thee once, be mine!
The sympathies of sky and sea,
The friendships of each rock and pine,
That made thy lonely life, ah me!
In Tempe or in Gargaphie.
"The Faun" by Madison Julius Cawein
Sons of the Union—ah! a mighty change
Your words and deeds have wrought—beyond the range
Of British sympathy your cause you place;
We almost blush to own your kindred race.
"Civil War In America--Expostulation" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Will she generate a sympathy vote.
Homeless sleeping in rec center draws sympathy from Denver neighbors.
The Gaza crisis has put Egypt's President Morsi in a tight spot, caught between his sympathy for Hamas and his country's reliance on the US.
Sympathy for Delicious 2 stars Directed by Mark Ruffalo Starring Christopher Thornton, Ruffalo, Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney.
Social Media Stirs Worldwide Sympathy for Abducted Cousins.
FILE** Libyan military guards check one of the burned-out buildings at the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Saturday, Sept 14, 2012, during a visit by Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif to express sympathy for the death of J.
That teenager who got tazed by a Philadelphia cop for running on the field at a Phillies baseball game isn't getting much sympathy.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.
Jayden Lamb our 8 year old Super Fan passed away last night after a courageous battle Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and many many friends.
South Korea beef farmers struggle for aid, sympathy.
Few things build sympathy for a character quite like a battle with cancer.
Sympathy for Japan and all those Impacted.
Now, Seattle fans need Stern 's sympathy again as investor Chris Hansen tries to build a new basketball arena in Seattle and bring an NBA team back to the city.
A 16 year old boy was planning on jumping off a famous bridge that was caused by family problems and feeling helpless when a young lady, who shared his sympathy, found a way to save him from jumping.
Sympathy for the Undecided.

In science:

The interplay between spectral geometry of surfaces and graphs, particularly the issue of the first eigenvalue, has been a recurrent theme in Bob’s work; his papers, written with deep sympathy for the reader, and his continuing support and encouragement have been very important to me.
Poisson--Dirichlet distribution for random Belyi surfaces
Some post-positivist philosophers, due to realist sympathies, are committed to judging Stueckelberg’s electromagnetism distinct from and inferior to Proca’s.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
In sympathy, matrix Chernoff bounds describe the extreme eigenvalues of a sum of independent, psd random matrices whose maximum eigenvalues are sub ject to a uniform bound.
User-friendly tail bounds for sums of random matrices
The editors express sympathy, but point out that the new theory outperforms Sophie’s theory using the performance metric she herself proposed.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
But I do not remember him from that time in spite of his great sympathy for the space astrometry project and the important role he has played in the mission approval.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years