Sympathetic character

Sympathetic character

A sympathetic character is a loving fictional character in a story with whom the writer expects the reader to identify with and care about, if not necessarily admire. Protagonists, almost by definition, fit into the category of sympathetic character, however so do many minor characters and even villains.


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  • sympathetic — [ˌsɪmpəˈθetɪk] adj 1) willing to understand someone s problems and help them Ant: unsympathetic You re not being very sympathetic.[/ex] Jill was a sympathetic listener.[/ex] 2) if you are sympathetic to something such as a plan, you support it… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • sympathetic — sym|pa|thet|ic [ ,sımpə θetık ] adjective ** 1. ) kind to someone who has a problem and willing to understand how they feel: You re not being very sympathetic. Jill was a sympathetic listener. 2. ) supporting a plan, action, or person:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sympathetic */*/ — UK [ˌsɪmpəˈθetɪk] / US adjective 1) kind to someone who has a problem and willing to understand how they feel You re not being very sympathetic. Jill was a sympathetic listener. 2) supporting a plan, action, or person sympathetic to/towards:… …   English dictionary

  • Character (arts) — A character is the representation of a person in a narrative work of art (such as a novel, play, or film).[1] Derived from the ancient Greek word kharaktêr (χαρακτήρ), the earliest use in English, in this sense, dates from the Restoration,[2]… …   Wikipedia

  • Character flaw — This article is about the literary concept. For ethical shortcomings in real people, see Vice. In the creation and criticism of fictional works, a character flaw is a limitation, imperfection, problem, phobia, or deficiency present in a character …   Wikipedia

  • sympathetic — adjective 1) a sympathetic listener Syn: compassionate, caring, concerned, solicitous, empathetic, understanding, sensitive; commiserative, pitying, consoling, comforting, supportive, encouraging; considerate, kind, tenderhearted; informal boo …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • sympathetic — adjective 1) a sympathetic listener Syn: compassionate, caring, concerned, understanding, sensitive, supportive 2) the most sympathetic character in the book Syn: likeable, pleasant, agreeable, congenial …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • sympathetic — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ become ▪ find sb ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • sympathetic — sym|pa|thet|ic [ˌsımpəˈθetık] adj 1.) caring and feeling sorry about someone s problems ▪ a sympathetic friend ▪ a sympathetic attitude sympathetic to/towards ▪ I m sympathetic to parents who are worried about what their children see on… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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