simpatico

adjective
sim·​pa·​ti·​co | \ sim-ˈpä-ti-ˌkō How to pronounce simpatico (audio) , -ˈpa- \

Definition of simpatico

1 : agreeable, likable The Bachelor Duke was a highly simpatico figure, kind, humane, civilized—qualities that it is often difficult to recapture in a historical biography.— John Martin Robinson
2 : having shared qualities, interests, etc. : like-minded, sympathetic These two artists are simpatico. Carlson, like Sorolla, works out-of-doors, directly from his subject …— Kay Mayer Andrea Sand's group of older mothers are simpatico because of their common age and experience.— Barbara Hey With the patronage of a simpatico Reagan, Casey took in hand a diminished CIA and molded it into a high-tech agency …— William L. Chaze et al.

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Simpatico, which derives from the Greek noun sympatheia, meaning "sympathy," was borrowed into English from both Italian and Spanish. In those languages, the word has been chiefly used to describe people who are well-liked or easy to get along with; early uses of the word in English reflected this, as in Henry James's 1881 novel The Portrait of a Lady, in which a character says of another's dying cousin, "Ah, he was so simpatico. I’m awfully sorry for you." In recent years, however, the word's meaning has shifted. Now we see it used to describe the relationship between people who get along well or work well together.

Examples of simpatico in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web White House loyalties, that is, lie mainly with fossil fuel executives, whose interests aren’t exactly simpatico with those of their employees. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "How Democrats Can Win Coal Country—and the 2020 Election," 19 May 2020 There are also simpatico musicians, like Emmylou Harris and John Hiatt. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The King’ takes Elvis’s Rolls-Royce for a ride," 11 July 2018 With Bungie came 2001 sci-fi shooter Halo: Combat Evolved and its instantly simpatico protagonist, Master Chief. SI.com, "The 15 Most Influential Video Game Characters of All Time," 4 July 2017 With Bungie came 2001 sci-fi shooter Halo: Combat Evolved and its instantly simpatico protagonist, Master Chief. SI.com, "The 15 Most Influential Video Game Characters of All Time," 4 July 2017 With Bungie came 2001 sci-fi shooter Halo: Combat Evolved and its instantly simpatico protagonist, Master Chief. SI.com, "The 15 Most Influential Video Game Characters of All Time," 4 July 2017 With Bungie came 2001 sci-fi shooter Halo: Combat Evolved and its instantly simpatico protagonist, Master Chief. SI.com, "The 15 Most Influential Video Game Characters of All Time," 4 July 2017 With Bungie came 2001 sci-fi shooter Halo: Combat Evolved and its instantly simpatico protagonist, Master Chief. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "The 15 Most Influential Video Game Characters," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of simpatico

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for simpatico

Italian simpatico & Spanish simpático, ultimately from Latin sympathia sympathy

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“Simpatico.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simpatico. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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