Sympathy

Definition of Sympathy

Sym´pa`thy
n.1.Feeling corresponding to that which another feels; the quality of being affected by the affection of another, with feelings correspondent in kind, if not in degree; fellow-feeling.
They saw, but other sight instead - a crowd
Of ugly serpents! Horror on them fell,
And horrid sympathy.
- Milton.
2.An agreement of affections or inclinations, or a conformity of natural temperament, which causes persons to be pleased, or in accord, with one another; as, there is perfect sympathy between them.
3.Kindness of feeling toward one who suffers; pity; commiseration; compassion.
I value myself upon sympathy, I hate and despise myself for envy.
- Kames.
4.(Physiol. & Med.) The reciprocal influence exercised by organs or parts on one another, as shown in the effects of a diseased condition of one part on another part or organ, as in the vomiting produced by a tumor of the brain.
5.A tendency of inanimate things to unite, or to act on each other; as, the sympathy between the loadstone and iron.
6.Similarity of function, use office, or the like.
The adverb has most sympathy with the verb.
- Earle.

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