sympathy
noun (plural -thies) Etymology: Latin sympathia, from Greek sympatheia, from sympathēs having common feelings, sympathetic, from syn- + pathos feelings, emotion, experience — more at pathos Date: 1579 1. a. an affinity, association, or relationship between persons or things wherein whatever affects one similarly affects the other b. mutual or parallel susceptibility or a condition brought about by it c. unity or harmony in action or effect <
every part is in complete sympathy with the scheme as a whole — Edwin Benson
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2. a. inclination to think or feel alike ; emotional or intellectual accord <
in sympathy with their goals
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b. feeling of loyalty ; tendency to favor or support <
republican sympathies
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3. a. the act or capacity of entering into or sharing the feelings or interests of another b. the feeling or mental state brought about by such sensitivity <
have sympathy for the poor
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4. the correlation existing between bodies capable of communicating their vibrational energy to one another through some medium Synonyms: see attraction, pity

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