Essential Meaning of sympathy
1 : the feeling that you care about and are sorry about someone else's trouble, grief, misfortune, etc. : a sympathetic feeling She went to her best friend for sympathy. Letters of sympathy were sent to the families of the victims. See More ExamplesMy deepest sympathies go out to the families of the victims. Our sympathies are with them.
2 : a feeling of support for something She has liberal/conservative sympathies.
3 : a state in which different people share the same interests, opinions, goals, etc. There was no sympathy between them.
Full Definition of sympathy
1a : an affinity, association, or relationship between persons or things wherein whatever affects one similarly affects the other
b : mutual or parallel susceptibility or a condition brought about by it
c : unity or harmony in action or effect every part is in complete sympathy with the scheme as a whole— Edwin Benson
2a : inclination to think or feel alike : emotional or intellectual accord in sympathy with their goals
b : feeling of loyalty : tendency to favor or support republican sympathies
3a : the act or capacity of entering into or sharing the feelings or interests of another
b : the feeling or mental state brought about by such sensitivity have sympathy for the poor
4 : the correlation existing between bodies capable of communicating their vibrational energy to one another through some medium
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