sympathy [sim-puh-thee] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||noun|
|Synonyms:||accord, affinity, agreement, alliance, attraction, benignancy, close relation, commiseration, compassion, concord, congeniality, connection, correspondence, empathy, feelings, fellow feeling, harmony, heart, kindliness, kindness, mutual attraction, mutual fondness, rapport, responsiveness, sensitivity, tenderness, understanding, union, unity, warmheartedness, warmth|
|Notes:||condolence and sympathy are parallel formations going back to Latin condolere and Greek sumpatheia, meaning 'together-suffering'
empathy denotes a deep emotional understanding of another's feelings or problems, while sympathy is more general and can apply to small annoyances or setbacks
sympathy means the stimulation in a person of feelings that are similar in kind to those that affect another person; empathy means a mental or affective projection into the feelings or state of mind of another person
|Antonyms:||disdain, incompatibility, indifference|