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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.

Sympathy Quotations

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
Albert Schweitzer

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Saint Augustine

Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
Norman Cousins

That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.
William Wordsworth
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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
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