sympathy - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant

    It’s his own fault, so he’ll get no sympathy from me.

    have/feel sympathy (for):

    We all have great sympathy for the victims of the flood.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] agreement with, or support of, a group, idea, plan etc
    sympathy with/for:

    Do you have any sympathy with his point of view?

    Darwin himself had little sympathy for these ideas.

    be out of/in sympathy with someone/something:

    The school should be entirely in sympathy with these aims.

    1. a.


      [plural] support or approval for ideas, beliefs, or people
      someone’s sympathies lie with someone:

      Their sympathies automatically lay with Britain’s enemies.