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1 sorrow or the capacity to feel sorrow for another's suffering or misfortune
  • since losing her own brother to lung disease, the nurse has had greater sympathy for families going through the same agony

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attraction, affinity, sympathy mean the relationship existing between things or persons that are naturally or involuntarily drawn together. attraction implies the possession by one thing of a quality that pulls another to it. felt an attraction to danger affinity implies a susceptibility or predisposition on the part of the one drawn. an affinity for mathematics sympathy implies a reciprocal or natural relation between two things that are both susceptible to the same influence. two minds in sympathy

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The first known use of sympathy was in 1579

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“Sympathy.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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