- feelings or impulses of compassion: The mayor extends her deepest sympathies to all those affected by the bridge collapse.
- feelings of favor, support, or loyalty: It's hard to tell where your sympathies lie.
Origin of sympathy
synonym study for sympathy
OTHER WORDS FROM sympathynon·sym·pa·thy, noun, plural non·sym·pa·thies.pre·sym·pa·thy, nounsu·per·sym·pa·thy, noun, plural su·per·sym·pa·thies.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sympathyempathy, sympathy (see synonym study at the current entry)
How to use sympathy in a sentence
We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501.
Over the course of the year, Klaus would repeatedly, through word and deed, demonstrate his sympathies with Putin.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute|James Kirchick|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For anyone whose political sympathies lie left of center, discovering and reading Chomsky is a rite of passage.
He may have done an excellent job of expressing his sympathies in an appropriate and meaningful way.
Her sympathies lie instead with Roelf Pool, one of her first pupils, who has run away from his farm to become a painter in Paris.
His sympathies were essentially democratic; himself one of the people, he believed thoroughly in republican ideas.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
I can not connect myself with any man whose tastes and sympathies are not in accordance with my own.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
The fact that I am practically an exile from my native land shows where my sympathies lie.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
We believe it to be anti-Christian in its character, and misanthropic in its pretended sympathies.
There are sympathies that go deep between little girls and their dolls.Child Life In Town And Country|Anatole France