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simpatico

[sim-pah-ti-koh, -pat-i-]
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adjective
  1. congenial or like-minded; likable: I find our new neighbor simpatico in every respect.
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Origin of simpatico

1860–65; < Italian: literally, sympathetic, equivalent to simpat(ia) sympathy + -ico -ic. Compare Spanish simpático, French sympathique, German sympatisch
Can be confusedempathetic sympathetic simpatico
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  • In the Italian phrase the whole place was simpatico; it repeated and crooned over to every one the mood in which he came to it.

    Daisy's Aunt

    E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson

  • Nobody could say that any form of spider is precisely what our Italian friends prettily describe in their liquid way as simpatico.


British Dictionary definitions for simpatico

simpatico

adjective informal
  1. pleasant or congenial
  2. of similar mind or temperament; compatible
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Word Origin

Italian: from simpatia sympathy
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Word Origin and History for simpatico

adj.

1864 (in fem. form simpatica), from Spanish simpatico "sympathetic," from simpatia "sympathy," or from Italian simpatico, from simpatia, both ultimately from Latin sympathia (see sympathy).

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