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Definition of Sympathy

Sympathy

  1. 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.
  2. The influence of a certain psychological state in one person in producing a like state in another.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Kindness of feeling toward one who suffers; pity; commiseration; compassion.
  6. The reciprocal influence exercised by the various organs or parts of the body on one another, as manifested in the transmission of a disease by unknown means from one organ to another quite remote, or in the influence exerted by a diseased condition of one part on another part or organ, as in the vomiting produced by a tumor of the brain.
  7. That relation which exists between different persons by which one of them produces in the others a state or condition like that of himself. This is shown in the tendency to yawn which a person often feels on seeing another yawn, or the strong inclination to become hysteric experienced by many women on seeing another person suffering with hysteria.
  8. A tendency of inanimate things to unite, or to act on each other; as, the sympathy between the loadstone and iron.
  9. Similarity of function, use office, or the like.
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Sympathy Translations

sympathy in Afrikaans is simpatie
sympathy in Dutch is medegevoel, deelneming
sympathy in French is sympathie, attendrissement
sympathy in Italian is simpatia, simpatia