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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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What are some synonyms for unsympathetic?
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How is unsympathetic used in real life?
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
Try using unsympathetic!
Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of unsympathetic?
Example sentences from the Web for unsympathetic
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
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