simpatico

adjective sim·pa·ti·co \ sim-ˈpä-ti-ˌkō , -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.

Origin and Etymology of simpatico

Italian simpatico & Spanish simpático, ultimately from Latin sympathia sympathy


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