OTHER WORDS FROM sympathizernon·sym·pa·thiz·er, noun
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What does sympathizer mean?
Sympathizer most commonly refers to someone who is supportive of or loyal to someone or something, such as a leader or cause.
The verb sympathize most commonly means to feel sympathy with someone—to share their emotions, especially sadness. This is usually understood to mean that you feel bad for them because they are in a negative situation. The word sympathizer can be used to mean someone who sympathizes in this way. It can also refer to someone who offers their sympathies or condolences, such as to someone who is in mourning.
But sympathizer is especially used to refer to someone who identifies with, supports, or is sympathetic toward a certain cause. This sense of the word is usually used in a negative way to criticize such support, and often implies that such support is secret or at least not fully open. This is the way the word is used in the phrase Communist sympathizer.
Example: We condemn not only the people directly responsible for these attacks but also their sympathizers.
Where does sympathizer come from?
The first records of the word sympathizer come from the early 1800s. The first known use of the word is by Jane Austen in her 1816 novel Emma. Sympathize is first recorded in the late 1500s and its base word, sympathy, comes from the Greek sympátheia, from sym-, “with,” and páth(os), “suffering.”
A sympathizer can be anyone who shows sympathy toward others. But it is most commonly used to refer to a person who identifies with or secretly supports a cause or ideology that the speaker is critical of. The most well-known use of the word is perhaps in Communist sympathizer, which gained use in the U.S. during the 1940s and ’50s. In the ’50s, it was used by Joseph McCarthy during his notorious investigations of alleged Communist infiltration in the U.S. government, when so-called Communist sympathizers were targeted for various forms of discrimination.
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Sympathizer is usually used in a negative way that’s critical of a person’s beliefs.
Senator Joseph McCarthy's 1950 telegram to President Truman, warning that "the State Department harbors a nest of Communists and Communist sympathizers"https://t.co/sWe8EbJ7p3
— Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) January 31, 2018
Wow. We have a lot of cops in extended family. What can be done to reform the system & weed out supremacist sympathizers?
— Melissa Jo Peltier (@MelissaJPeltier) September 2, 2020
While the image of burning cities might scare off some moderates, it’s also an expression of anger that can motivate sympathizers to protest nonviolently out of solidarity, concern, and a gnawing desire to do *something.* And THAT diversifies protest tactics away from riots.
— Zeeshan Aleem (@ZeeshanAleem) September 3, 2020
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Is sympathizer used correctly in the following sentence?
He has broad support, but he has lost some sympathizers due to the scandal.
How to use sympathizer in a sentence
That they could find sympathizers on the inside who might help them.
At the very least, the rioters and their sympathizers will likely tone down their violence and rhetoric in response to the price change.It’s time to raise the cost of spreading conspiracy theories|Matthew Heimer|January 14, 2021|Fortune
Anyone considered insufficiently anti-Communist was deemed a “comsymp”—short for Communist sympathizer.A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock|John Avlon|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The president considered “Lucky Lindy,” as he was derisively called, a Nazi sympathizer and a subversive.
Is he for the ticks or is he—perhaps—soft on them, or worse yet, a tick sympathizer?
Taken for guerrillas, every Southern sympathizer was eager to give them all the information possible.
Mr. Rice, the owner of the plantation, was a hot Southern sympathizer, but he did not relish his present company.
An unknown sympathizer sends greetings, in the name of humanity.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
The fact that this newspaper was taken by Mr. Pollard was to me sufficient evidence that he was a Southern sympathizer.
There were many who regarded it as a measure of self-defence to put to death so open a sympathizer with the work of persecution.History of the Rise of the Huguenots|Henry Baird