sympathetic

  • 1 Sympathetic — Sym pa*thet ic, a. [See {Sympathy}, and cf. {Pathetic}.] 1. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing. [1913 Webster] Far wiser he, whose sympathetic mind Exults in all the good of all mankind. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. Produced by, or expressive of …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 sympathetic — in the meaning ‘eliciting sympathy’ rather than ‘feeling sympathy’, dates from the beginning of the 20c. Despite Fowler s reservations (he wrote in 1926 when it was still a new meaning), it has become rapidly established in standard English: •… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 sympathetic — [adj1] concerned, feeling affectionate, all heart*, appreciating, benign, benignant, caring, commiserating, compassionate, comprehending, condoling, considerate, having heart in right place*, interested, kind, kindhearted, kindly, loving, pitying …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 sympathetic — [sim΄pə thet′ik] adj. [ModL sympatheticus < Gr sympatheia,SYMPATHY, infl. by Gr pathētikos,PATHETIC] 1. of, expressing, resulting from, feeling, or showing sympathy; sympathizing 2. in agreement with one s tastes, mood, feelings, disposition,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 sympathetic — index charitable (lenient), concerted, concordant, consensual, lenient, open (persuasible), pati …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 sympathetic — 1640s, pertaining to sympathy, from Mod.L. sympatheticus, from Gk. sympathetikos, from sympathein, from sympathes having a fellow feeling, affected by like feelings (see SYMPATHY (Cf. sympathy)). Meaning having fellow feeling is recorded from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 sympathetic — 1 *consonant, congenial, congruous, compatible, consistent Analogous words: agreeing, harmonizing or harmonious, accordant, correspondent (see corresponding verbs at AGREE) 2 *tender, compassionate, warm, warmhearted, responsive Analogous words:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 sympathetic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) feeling, showing, or expressing sympathy. 2) showing approval of an idea or action. 3) pleasing, likeable, or sensitively designed. 4) Physiology referring to the part of the autonomic nervous system supplying the internal organs,… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 sympathetic — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ become ▪ find sb ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 sympathetic — I. adjective Etymology: New Latin sympatheticus, from Latin sympathia sympathy Date: 1644 1. existing or operating through an affinity, interdependence, or mutual association 2. a. appropriate to one s mood, inclinations, or disposition b. marked …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 sympathetic — sym|pa|thet|ic [ˌsımpəˈθetık] adj 1.) caring and feeling sorry about someone s problems ▪ a sympathetic friend ▪ a sympathetic attitude sympathetic to/towards ▪ I m sympathetic to parents who are worried about what their children see on… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 sympathetic — [[t]sɪ̱mpəθe̱tɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: oft v link ADJ to n If you are sympathetic to someone who is in a bad situation, you are kind to them and show that you understand their feelings. She was very sympathetic to the problems of adult students...… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 sympathetic — [ˌsɪmpəˈθetɪk] adj 1) willing to understand someone s problems and help them Ant: unsympathetic You re not being very sympathetic.[/ex] Jill was a sympathetic listener.[/ex] 2) if you are sympathetic to something such as a plan, you support it… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 14 sympathetic — 1. Relating to or exhibiting sympathy. 2. Denoting the s. part of the autonomic nervous system. SYN: sympathic. [G. sympathetikos, fr. sympatheo, to feel with, sympathize, fr. syn, with, + pathos, suffering] * * * sym·pa·thet·ic .sim pə thet ik… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 15 sympathetic — sym|pa|thet|ic [ ,sımpə θetık ] adjective ** 1. ) kind to someone who has a problem and willing to understand how they feel: You re not being very sympathetic. Jill was a sympathetic listener. 2. ) supporting a plan, action, or person:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 sympathetic — adjective 1 willing to try to understand someone else s problems and give them any help they need: You re not being very sympathetic, Joan. | a sympathetic ear (=willingness to listen to someone else s problems): Paul s great if you need a… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 sympathetic */*/ — UK [ˌsɪmpəˈθetɪk] / US adjective 1) kind to someone who has a problem and willing to understand how they feel You re not being very sympathetic. Jill was a sympathetic listener. 2) supporting a plan, action, or person sympathetic to/towards:… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 sympathetic — adj. & n. adj. 1 of, showing, or expressing sympathy. 2 due to sympathy. 3 likeable or capable of evoking sympathy. 4 (of a person) friendly and cooperative. 5 (foll. by to) inclined to favour (a proposal etc.) (was most sympathetic to the idea) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 Sympathetic — The word sympathetic means different things in different contexts. * In neurology and neuroscience, the sympathetic nervous system is a part of the autonomic nervous system. * In music theory, sympathetic strings are strings on a musical… …

    Wikipedia

  • 20 sympathetic — sympathetically, adv. /sim peuh thet ik/, adj. 1. characterized by, proceeding from, exhibiting, or feeling sympathy; sympathizing; compassionate: a sympathetic listener. 2. acting or affected by, of the nature of, or pertaining to a special… …

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