noun, plural sym·pa·thies.
- feelings or impulses of compassion.
- feelings of favor, support, or loyalty: It's hard to tell where your sympathies lie.
Origin of sympathy
SYNONYMS FOR sympathy
Related formsnon·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.
Can be confusedempathy sympathy (see synonym study at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for sympathies
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
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.
But by the time Greyson and Loubani attempted their most recent trip, sympathies in Egypt had shifted.Imprisonment of Canadian Activists Illustrates Egyptian Regime's Growing Repression|Jesse Rosenfeld|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Strangers stopped me on the street to offer their support and sympathies.My Life as a Sikh in America: A Response to the Wisconsin Massacre|Simran Jeet Singh|August 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Her eyes were bright, and all her sympathies were as keenly alive as they had been fifty years before.Gabriel Tolliver|Joel Chandler Harris
As it was, it was to stand or fall, not by logic, but by political needs and sympathies.Familiar Studies of Men and Books|Robert Louis Stevenson
All his sympathies and tastes were those of a man of refined mind, and of a lover of scholarship and sound learning.George Washington, Vol. II|Henry Cabot Lodge
Jeanne drew her character from both sources; but her sympathies were rather southern than northern.The Rough Road|William John Locke
The gentle, appealing glance of the elder, no less than the naive candour of the younger, appealed to his sympathies.Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine|Lewis Spence