V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. the ability to understand and share somebody else's feelings; 2. feeling or expression of shared feelings, especially pity or sorrow for someone else's pain or distress; 3. feeling or expression of support or agreement
Synonyms: pity, compassion, empathy, commiseration, sensitivity, support, agreement
Antonyms: antipathy, unconcern, disinterest
Tips: Sympathy comes from the Greek sympathes, "with feeling," from sym, "together" and pathos, "feeling." When you feel something with someone you are said to have sympathy for that person. You are sympathetic (adj.). Sympathy is synonymous with empathy. Both words describe sharing someone's feelings and understanding another's feelings. Empathy refers more to putting yourself in the mindset of another person in order to truly feel what the person is experiencing.
I felt deep sympathy for him when his mother passed away. (compassion, pity)
I tried to be sympathetic, but Natasha's many problems seemed never-ending and self-indulgent. (compassionate, understanding) adjective
We stopped having any sympathy for her when we realized her tears were just a cry for attention. (compassion, sensitivity)
I tend to be in sympathy with environmental groups. (support, agreement)
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