Definition of 'sympathy'
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So there ought to have been mutual sympathy and understanding. Times, Sunday Times (2009)You have the right mix of toughness and sympathy to help a relative. The Sun (2007)Try to get him to talk by showing sympathy. The Sun (2014)They need all our support and sympathy. The Sun (2013)The stars of the show were quick to express their sympathy. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There is some natural sympathy between the idea of personal independence and the idea of coalition. Times, Sunday Times (2010)IT'S an odd way to seek sympathy for a strike. The Sun (2009)Most of those who commented were themselves in this age group and felt considerable sympathy. Times, Sunday Times (2011) Mutual sympathy on the early death of their fathers to lung cancer brought them together. Times, Sunday Times (2015)They gave me genuine sympathy and concrete help. The Guide to Lesbian and Gay Parenting (1993)He shows no sympathy and much malice. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They also said that they had been overwhelmed by the public support and sympathy they had received. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Or that the two sons struggle to express sympathy with the bereaved. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It also signals to those around you that you need their sympathy or help. EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER: A Journey Through the Science of Feelings (2005)There will be a huge groundswell of support and sympathy. The Sun (2013)Only a few noble souls express sympathy or outrage. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Not exactly cause for sympathy, then. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Somehow, a cantankerous rush to judgement is accompanied all the way by sympathy and insight. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)Both are young centre backs who have been forced to play out of position on the flanks and are deserving of considerable sympathy. Times, Sunday Times (2012)To expect the victim's family to show sympathy and understanding is outrageous. The Sun (2006)No longer would affection or personal sympathy cement such bonds: now they derived from shared financial interest. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)Some playwrights aim to shock their audiences into sympathy for new ideas, though they tend to play to audiences already on side. Times, Sunday Times (2010)I'm not entirely convinced by the mutual warmth or sympathy of the presenters. Times, Sunday Times (2014)My Soul maintains a sense of decorum by expressing affection and sympathy for his former wife, not bitterness. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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Translations for 'sympathy'
British English: sympathy /ˈsɪmpəθɪ/ NOUN
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.
- American English: sympathy
- Arabic: تَعَاطُف
- Brazilian Portuguese: compaixão
- Chinese: 同情心
- Croatian: simpatija
- Czech: soucit
- Danish: sympati
- Dutch: sympathie
- European Spanish: lástima compasión
- Finnish: sympatia
- French: compassion
- German: Mitgefühl
- Greek: συμπόνια
- Italian: comprensione
- Japanese: 同情
- Korean: 동정
- Norwegian: sympati
- Polish: sympatia
- European Portuguese: compaixão
- Romanian: compasiune
- Russian: сочувствие
- Spanish: lástima
- Swedish: sympati
- Thai: ความเห็นใจ
- Turkish: halden anlama
- Ukrainian: співчуття
- Vietnamese: sự thông cảm
Definition of sympathy from the Collins English Dictionary
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