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noun sympathy pronunciation in British English /ˈsɪmpəθi/
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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
    The film describes, with considerable sympathy, the problems faced by economic migrants.
    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
      journalists with left-wing sympathies
      someone’s sympathies lie with someone: Their sympathies automatically lay with Britain’s enemies.



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