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Noun: sympathy  sim-pu-thee
  1. Sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
    - fellow feeling
  2. An inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
    "his sympathies were always with the underdog";
    - understanding
  3. A relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other
    "the two of them were in close sympathy"
  4. Response in one element (a body, organ, mechanism, etc) to changes in another; correlation between things
    "annual earnings moved in sympathy with all major business contractions"

Derived forms: sympathies

Type of: affinity, disposition, feeling, inclination, kinship, tendency

Encyclopedia: Sympathy