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  1. compassion, understanding, pity, empathy, tenderness, condolence(s), thoughtfulness, commiseration, aroha (New Zealand) • We expressed our sympathy for her loss.
    opposites: indifference, scorn, disdain, insensitivity, coldness, callousness, hard-heartedness, pitilessness, lack of feeling or understanding or sympathy
  2. affinity, agreement, rapport, union, harmony, warmth, correspondence, fellow feeling, congeniality • I still have sympathy with this point of view.
    opposites: opposition, resistance, hostility, disapproval, antagonism, unfriendliness
  3. agreement, support, favour, approval, encouragement, affiliation, partiality, approbation • Several hundred workers struck in sympathy with their colleagues.

'sympathy' in Other Languages

  • British English: sympathyPronunciation for sympathy If you have sympathy for someone who has had a misfortune, you are sorry for them, and show this in the way you behave towards them.We expressed our sympathy for her loss.ˈsɪmpəθɪ NOUN
  • Arabic: تَعَاطُفPronunciation for تَعَاطُف
  • Brazilian Portuguese: compaixãoPronunciation for compaixão
  • Chinese: 同情心Pronunciation for 同情心
  • Croatian: simpatijaPronunciation for simpatija
  • Czech: soucitPronunciation for soucit
  • Danish: sympatiPronunciation for sympati
  • Dutch: sympathiePronunciation for sympathie
  • European Spanish: lástimaPronunciation for lástimacompasión
  • Finnish: sympatiaPronunciation for sympatia
  • French: compassionPronunciation for compassion
  • German: MitgefühlPronunciation for Mitgefühl
  • Greek: συμπόνιαPronunciation for συμπόνια
  • Italian: comprensionePronunciation for comprensione
  • Japanese: 同情Pronunciation for 同情
  • Korean: 동정Pronunciation for 동정
  • Norwegian: sympatiPronunciation for sympati
  • Polish: sympatiaPronunciation for sympatia
  • Portuguese: compaixãoPronunciation for compaixão
  • Romanian: compasiune compasiuni
  • Russian: сочувствиеPronunciation for сочувствие
  • Spanish: lástimaPronunciation for lástima
  • Swedish: sympatiPronunciation for sympati
  • Thai: ความเห็นใจPronunciation for ความเห็นใจ
  • Turkish: halden anlamaPronunciation for halden anlama
  • Ukrainian: співчуття
  • Vietnamese: sự thông cảmPronunciation for sự thông cảm


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