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.

Nearby words

  1. felliniesque,
  2. fellmonger,
  3. felloe,
  4. fellow,
  5. fellow creature,
  6. fellow servant,
  7. fellow traveler,
  8. fellow traveller,
  9. fellow-feeling,
  10. fellow-servant rule

Origin of fellow feeling

First recorded in 1605–15

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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.

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