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fellow feeling

sympathetic feeling; sympathy:
to have fellow feeling for the unfortunate.
a sense of joint interest:
to act out of fellow feeling to support one's country.
Origin of fellow feeling
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They regard women as friends, as persons with whom they have a fellow-feeling.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • “I have a fellow-feeling for that little girl,” smiled Mr. Westwood.

  • "I should be sorry to lay down so narrow a limit to fellow-feeling," said Upton.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • Besides that, I have been a fool in my time, and a fellow-feeling makes us kind.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • Her companions' eyes were opened, for the instant a fellow-feeling smote them.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • The basis of friendship is sympathy, that is, fellow-feeling.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • He had a fellow-feeling for her attachment to an old toy, and yet Robin's will was law to him.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • This is quite true, and we wish there was more of this fellow-feeling.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • Tseng-tzu said, The Master's Way is no more than faithfulness and fellow-feeling.

  • Society is held together by the natural decency in man, by fellow-feeling.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for fellow-feeling

fellow feeling

mutual sympathy or friendship
an opinion held in common
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Word Origin and History for fellow-feeling

1610s, an attempt to translate Latin compassio and Greek sympatheia. It yielded a back-formed verb, fellow-feel in 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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