Words nearby unsympathetic
What does unsympathetic mean?
Unsympathetic means not sharing the feelings of someone or identifying with, caring about, or having any favor or support for someone or something.
Being sympathetic in this way is usually understood to mean that you feel bad for someone because they are in a negative situation. Being unsympathetic is the opposite—you don’t feel sorry.
Sympathetic is also sometimes used to mean supportive of or loyal to someone or something. Being unsympathetic in this way means you are not at all supportive or loyal.
Sometimes, unsympathetic is used to describe a person (or fictional character) who you can’t identify with or don’t care about.
Example: I’m completely unsympathetic—he should have known better.
Where does unsympathetic come from?
The first records of unsympathetic come from the 1800s. The prefix un- means “not.” The base word, sympathetic, comes from the Greek sympathētikós, from sym-, “with,” and páth(os), “suffering.”
Sympathetic is usually used to describe someone who shares feelings of sadness with others. Someone who’s unsympathetic does not share this feeling. When we say someone is unsympathetic in this way, we may be saying they’re cruel, or we may be saying that they don’t think someone is worthy of their pity.
Calling someone an unsympathetic figure or an unsympathetic character is usually different. This means we think that other people can’t identify with them or care about them, often because they themselves are the ones who are cruel or uncaring toward others.
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Unsympathetic is commonly used to describe people who don’t support or care about someone or something.
I find myself unsympathetic toward execs who burden their troops with 8 hours of meetings in a day and then complain that nothing got done
— Rick Gualtieri (@RickGualtieri) April 16, 2014
There is a disturbing prevalence of people who remain unsympathetic to civil rights issues that don't seem to impact them personally. My position is we should work harder to fight against discrimination that doesn't impact us personally bc we are then likely privileged by it.
— Jo Kaur (@SikhFeminist) February 14, 2019
State labor board rules Andover teachers held illegal strike but says it’s ‘not unsympathetic to the union’s concerns’ about health and safety https://t.co/lkEqy3BTOg
— masslivenews (@masslivenews) September 9, 2020
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How to use unsympathetic in a sentence
One unsympathetic mayor took to Facebook to demand that “lazy” people get electricity and water on their own.Texas is frozen and in crisis. A furniture store owner has emerged as a hero — again.|Cathy Free|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
It's not that I'm unsympathetic if she's really having problems sleeping, it's just that it's fairly ridiculous for her to compare what she's going through to what parents of young children go through.Carolyn Hax: A parent pooh-poohs a non-parent’s sleep-deprivation|Carolyn Hax|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
In front was a General Sessions Court judge, who was often unsympathetic to the defendants’ request to pay less per month than Methodist wanted.What Happens After a Debt Collection Machine Grinds to a Halt|by Wendi C. Thomas, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism|October 2, 2020|ProPublica
He felt like the audience would have to maintain sympathy for Walter White as he was going about his very unsympathetic actions.Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future, Directing ‘Better Call Saul,’ and Hillary 2016|Marlow Stern|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This polarizing public profile positioned Harroun as an unsympathetic character as his case progressed through the U.S. courts.American Jihadist Who Fought in Syria Dies of an Overdose in Arizona|Anna Therese Day|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Asked why she often played somewhat unsympathetic characters like Em, or Mackenzie in The Newsroom, Mortimer seemed taken aback.
At least so far, however, Cohle seems to be something else entirely: a heroic guy who's nonetheless deeply unsympathetic.‘True Detective’ Review: You Have to Watch HBO’s Revolutionary Crime Classic|Andrew Romano|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Was there any sense from the start that the character would go further into the realm of being unsympathetic than on other shows?Breaking Bad Finale: Lost Interviews With Bryan Cranston & Vince Gilligan|Andrew Romano|September 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"She's a moving picture actress or something, I'm sure of it," Grace confided in Betty's unsympathetic ear.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope
This declaration represents, however, the unconscious exaggeration of a mind unsympathetic towards religious ideas.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
Better to have the protection of an unsympathetic sovereign than to become the prey of a lawless and irresponsible anarchy.William Bradford of Plymouth|Albert Hale Plumb
Stover suddenly perceived that his audience was unsympathetic.The Varmint|Owen Johnson
Sir Gregory thought the withdrawal should not be accepted, having found Sir Timothy to be an unsympathetic colleague.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope