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
Examples from the Web for sympathy
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 4, 2014
It would appear that when it came to the bottom line, Washington was not overflowing with sympathy.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
The fact that most audiences end up feeling some degree of sympathy for Mother Courage irritated Brecht to no end.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
Jezebel has shown some sympathy to this and other male insecurities in the past.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard
August 20, 2014
But sympathy for the Palestinians, on varying levels, is one issue that unites them.Do Palestinians Really Exist?
July 31, 2014
Historical Examples of sympathy
"That's bad," said the station-master, in a tone of sympathy.Brave and Bold
We are held by particular bonds of sympathy and common interest with them.
Telegrams of inquiry and sympathy came from all parts of the world to the Castle.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
In the selfishness of his misery he looked upon this as lack of sympathy with himself.Weighed and Wanting
Or, I don't know that I should say she was not in sympathy with them.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
noun plural -thies
Word Origin 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.