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SYMPATHY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sympathy mean? 

SYMPATHY (noun)
  The noun SYMPATHY has 3 senses:

1. an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
2. sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
3. a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other

  Familiarity information: SYMPATHY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SYMPATHY (noun)


Sense 1sympathy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

sympathy; understanding

Context examples:

his sympathies were always with the underdog / I knew I could count on his understanding

Hypernyms ("sympathy" is a kind of...):

disposition; inclination; tendency (an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others)


Sense 2sympathy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

fellow feeling; sympathy

Hypernyms ("sympathy" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sympathy"):

concern (a feeling of sympathy for someone or something)

kind-heartedness; kindheartedness (sympathy arising from a kind heart)

compassion; compassionateness (a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering)

commiseration; pathos; pity; ruth (a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others)

compatibility (a feeling of sympathetic understanding)

empathy (understanding and entering into another's feelings)


Sense 3sympathy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Context example:

the two of them were in close sympathy

Hypernyms ("sympathy" is a kind of...):

affinity; kinship (a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sympathy"):

mutual affection; mutual understanding (sympathy of each person for the other)


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