- pertaining to that part of the autonomic nervous system consisting of nerves that arise from the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spinal cord, and functioning in opposition to the parasympathetic system, as in stimulating heartbeat, dilating the pupil of the eye, etc.
- Obsolete.pertaining to the autonomic nervous system in its entirety.
- symons, arthur,
- sympathetic amine,
- sympathetic contact,
- sympathetic ganglia,
- sympathetic imbalance,
- sympathetic ink
Origin of sympathetic
Examples from the Web for unsympathetic
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
Not that I'm unsympathetic to the plight of those who sit behind me.
We should be allowed to be unsympathetic characters, to be screw-ups, without it always being translated for us as mental illness.
She talks to Michele Filgate about diaries, sexism, and “unsympathetic characters.”
Murdoch semi-apologized, tweeting later that he “did not mean to be unsympathetic to 400 lb lady.”
To have to talk, to argue, to explain to the unsympathetic was overmuch.A Tramp's Notebook|Morley Roberts
Nor is this remark merely the unsympathetic comment of a philosophical critic of what passes for revelation.The Sources Of Religious Insight|Josiah Royce
I knew that he was a victim of unsympathetic surroundings, of wealth, of love of excitement, and his own talent.The Last Shot|Frederick Palmer
The beaming planets, also voyagers on a limitless sea of mystery and doubt, looked down, cold and unsympathetic.On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck|R. Pitcher Woodward
Still he understands pretty well the strange madness that possesses me, and is not at all unsympathetic.Wilderness, A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska|Rockwell Kent
1640s, "pertaining to sympathy," from Modern Latin sympatheticus, from Greek sympathetikos, from sympathein, from sympathes "having a fellow feeling, affected by like feelings" (see sympathy). Meaning "having fellow feeling" is recorded from 1718. In anatomical sense, the word is attested from 1769, from Modern Latin (nervus) sympathicus, coined by Jacques-Benigne Winslow (1669-1760), Danish anatomist living in Paris. Related: Sympathetically.