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Synonyms for sympathy
ˈsɪm pə θisym·pa·thy

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Wiktionary2.7 / 3 votes

  1. sympathynoun

    Antonyms:
    contempt

  2. sympathynoun

    Antonyms:
    contempt

  3. sympathynoun

    Antonyms:
    contempt

  4. sympathynoun

    Antonyms:
    contempt

English Synonyms and Antonyms3.5 / 2 votes

  1. sympathy

    According to the etymology and original usage, beneficence is the doing well, benevolence the wishing or willing well to others; but benevolence has come to include beneficence, and to displace it. We should not now speak of benevolence which did not help, unless where there was no power to help; even then we should rather say good-will or sympathy. Charity, which originally meant the purest love for God and man (as in 1 Cor. xiii), is now almost universally applied to some form of almsgiving, and is much more limited in meaning than benevolence. Benignity suggests some occult power of blessing, such as was formerly ascribed to the stars; we may say a good man has an air of benignity. Kindness and tenderness are personal; benevolence and charity are general. Kindness extends to all sentient beings, whether men or animals, in prosperity or in distress. Tenderness especially goes out toward the young, feeble, and needy, or even to the dead. Humanity is so much kindness and tenderness toward man or beast as it would be inhuman not to have; we say of some act of care or kindness, "common humanity requires it." Generosity is self-forgetful kindness in disposition or action; it includes much besides giving; as, the generosity of forgiveness. Bounty applies to ample giving, which on a larger scale is expressed by munificence. Liberality indicates broad, genial kindly views, whether manifested in gifts or otherwise. We speak of the bounty of a generous host, the liberality or munificence of the founder of a college, or of the liberality of a theologian toward the holders of conflicting beliefs. Philanthropy applies to wide schemes for human welfare, often, but not always, involving large expenditures in charity or benevolence. Compare MERCY.

    Synonyms:
    almsgiving, beneficence, benevolence, benignity, bounty, charity, generosity, good-will, humanity, kind-heartedness, kindliness, kindness, liberality, munificence, philanthropy, unselfishness

    Antonyms:
    barbarity, brutality, churlishness, greediness, harshness, ill-will, illiberality, inhumanity, malevolence, malignity, niggardliness, self-seeking, selfishness, stinginess, unkindness

    Preposition:
    Benevolence of, on the part of, or from the wealthy, to or toward the poor.

Princeton's WordNet2.0 / 1 vote

  1. sympathy, understandingnoun

    an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion

    "his sympathies were always with the underdog"; "I knew I could count on his understanding"

    Synonyms:
    apprehension, intellect, savvy, fellow feeling, discernment, reason, understanding, agreement

  2. sympathy, fellow feelingnoun

    sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)

    Synonyms:
    understanding, fellow feeling

  3. sympathynoun

    a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other

    "the two of them were in close sympathy"

    Synonyms:
    understanding, fellow feeling

Matched Categories

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. sympathynoun

    Synonyms:
    compassion, commiseration, condolence, pity, tenderness, kindliness, fellow-feeling, bowels of compassion

  2. sympathynoun

    Synonyms:
    agreement, harmony, correspondence, correlation, affinity, union, concert

  3. sympathynoun

    Synonyms:
    mutual influence

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. sympathynoun

    Synonyms:
    fellow-feeling, tenderness, pity, commiseration, compassion, condolence, accord, agreement, rapport, concord

    Antonyms:
    antipathy, incompassion, inclemency, disagreement, incompatibility

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How to use sympathy in a sentence?

  1. Melania Trump:

    Since March our lives have changed drastically, my deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one.

  2. P. G. Wodehouse:

    To my daughter Leonora without whose never failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been completed in half the time.

  3. Jamie Silvonek:

    I was a monster, there is no sugarcoating it and there is absolutely no sympathy. There’s no mitigating factors. In my opinion, there’s absolutely nothing.

  4. Bertrand Russell:

    Nothing of importance is ever achieved without discipline. I feel myself sometimes not wholly in sympathy with some modern educational theorists, because I think that they underestimate the part that discipline plays. But the discipline you have in your life should be one determined by your own desires and your own needs, not put upon you by society or authority.

  5. British Prime Minister David Cameron:

    I have every sympathy with holiday makers who are finding access to Calais difficult because of the disturbances there, we will do everything that we can to work with the French and bring these things to a conclusion.


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