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
Examples from the Web for sympathy
In the view of some cops, perps merit little concern or sympathy.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture|Michael Daly|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It would appear that when it came to the bottom line, Washington was not overflowing with sympathy.
The fact that most audiences end up feeling some degree of sympathy for Mother Courage irritated Brecht to no end.
Jezebel has shown some sympathy to this and other male insecurities in the past.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard|Emily Shire|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But sympathy for the Palestinians, on varying levels, is one issue that unites them.
It was sympathy Letty longed for, not strength, and therefore she was afraid of Mary.Mary Marston|George MacDonald
Having secured their sympathy, such as it was, Barbara allowed herself to become more doleful still.The Youngest Girl in the School|Evelyn Sharp
In thus acting they could make themselves sure of the sympathy of their countrymen.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877|James Kennedy
He saw that a tender light, the softness of sympathy, came into her eyes when she noticed the plasters on his forehead and cheek.Spring Street|James H. Richardson
I find, by the way, that I am beginning to harbor a sympathy for your father's wife.Phases of an Inferior Planet|Ellen Glasgow
British Dictionary definitions for sympathy
noun plural -thies
Word Origin for sympathy
Word Origin and History for sympathy
1570s, "affinity between certain things," from Middle French sympathie, from Late Latin sympathia "community of feeling, sympathy," from Greek sympatheia, from sympathes "having a fellow feeling, affected by like feelings," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + pathos "feeling" (see pathos).
In English, almost a magical notion at first; e.g. in reference to medicines that heal wounds when applied to a cloth stained with blood from the wound. Meaning "conformity of feelings" is from 1590s; sense of "fellow feeling" is first attested 1660s. An Old English loan-translation of sympathy was efensargung.