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sym·pa·thet·ic

 (sĭm′pə-thĕt′ĭk)
adj.
1. Of, expressing, feeling, or resulting from sympathy: a sympathetic glance.
2. Favorably inclined: not at all sympathetic to her proposal.
3. Agreeably suited to one's disposition or mood; congenial: sympathetic surroundings.
4. Of, relating to, or acting on the sympathetic nervous system: a sympathetic neuron; sympathetic stimulation.
5.
a. Relating to or being vibrations, especially musical tones, produced in one body by energy from a nearby vibrating body and having the same frequency as the vibration of the nearby body.
b. Emitting such vibrations: sympathetic strings.

[Greek sumpathētikos, from sumpatheia, sympathy; see sympathy.]

sym′pa·thet′i·cal·ly adv.

sympathetic

(ˌsɪmpəˈθɛtɪk)
adj
1. characterized by, feeling, or showing sympathy; understanding
2. in accord with the subject's personality or mood; congenial: a sympathetic atmosphere.
3. (when: postpositive, often foll by to or towards) showing agreement (with) or favour (towards): sympathetic to the proposals.
4. (Physiology) anatomy physiol of or relating to the division of the autonomic nervous system that acts in opposition to the parasympathetic system accelerating the heartbeat, dilating the bronchi, inhibiting the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, etc. Compare parasympathetic
5. (Anatomy) anatomy physiol of or relating to the division of the autonomic nervous system that acts in opposition to the parasympathetic system accelerating the heartbeat, dilating the bronchi, inhibiting the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, etc. Compare parasympathetic
6. (General Physics) relating to vibrations occurring as a result of similar vibrations in a neighbouring body: sympathetic strings on a sitar.
ˌsympaˈthetically adv

sym•pa•thet•ic

(ˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk)

adj.
1. characterized by, proceeding from, exhibiting, or feeling sympathy; sympathizing; compassionate: a sympathetic listener.
2. in harmony with one's tastes, mood, or disposition; congenial: a sympathetic companion.
3. looking upon with favor (often fol. by to or toward): She is sympathetic to the project.
4. pertaining to that part of the autonomic nervous system that originates in the thoracic and lumbar region of the spinal cord and that regulates involuntary reactions to stress, stimulating the heartbeat, breathing rate, sweating, and other physiological processes.
5. noting or pertaining to vibrations, sounds, etc., produced by a body as the direct result of similar vibrations in a different body.
[1635–45; < New Latin sympathēticus < Greek sympathētikós. See sym-, pathetic]
sym`pa•thet′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sympathetic - of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system; "sympathetic neurons"; "sympathetic stimulation"
anatomy, general anatomy - the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
2.sympathetic - expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward; "sympathetic to the students' cause"; "a sympathetic observer"; "a sympathetic gesture"
compassionate - showing or having compassion; "heard the soft and compassionate voices of women"
congenial - suitable to your needs; "a congenial atmosphere to work in"; "two congenial spirits united...by mutual confidence and reciprocal virtues"- T.L.Peacock
kind - having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"
unsympathetic - not sympathetic or disposed toward; "unsympathetic officialdom"; "people unsympathetic to the revolution"; "his dignity made him seem aloof and unsympathetic"
3.sympathetic - showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity; "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor"
kind - having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"
4.sympathetic - (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelingssympathetic - (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings; "the sympathetic characters in the play"
drama - the literary genre of works intended for the theater
unappealing, unlikable, unlikeable, unsympathetic - (of characters in literature or drama) tending to evoke antipathetic feelings; "all the characters were peculiarly unsympathetic"
5.sympathetic - having similar disposition and tastes; "with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"
similar - marked by correspondence or resemblance; "similar food at similar prices"; "problems similar to mine"; "they wore similar coats"
6.sympathetic - relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body; "sympathetic vibration"
harmonious - musically pleasing

sympathetic

adjective
2. supportive, encouraging, pro, approving of, friendly to, in sympathy with, well-disposed towards, favourably disposed towards They were sympathetic to our cause.

sympathetic

adjective
1. Cognizant of and comprehending the needs, feelings, problems, and views of others:
2. Feeling or expressing pity:
Archaic: piteous, pitiful.
Translations
مُتَعَاطِفمُتَعاطِف
chápajícímilýsoucitný
medfølende
myötätuntoinen
simpatetičan
samúîarfullur, skilningsríkur
同情的な
동정적인
sočuten
sympatisk
เห็นอกเห็นใจ
anlayış gösterenanlayışlısempatik
thông cảm

sympathetic

[ˌsɪmpəˈθetɪk] ADJ
1. (= showing pity) → compasivo (to con) (= kind, understanding) → comprensivo
they were sympathetic but could not helpestaban de nuestra parte pero no podían ayudarnos
we found a sympathetic policeman who helped usencontramos a un policía que amablemente nos ayudó
he wasn't in the least sympatheticno mostró compasión alguna
they are sympathetic to actorsestán dispuestos a escuchar a los actores
to be sympathetic to a cause (= well-disposed) → solidarizarse con or apoyar una causa
2. [ink, nerve, pain etc] → simpático

sympathetic

[ˌsɪmpəˈθɛtɪk] adj
(= compassionate) → compatissant(e) (= understanding) → bienveillant(e), compréhensif/ive
to be sympathetic to sb's problems → être sensible aux problèmes de qn
to be sympathetic towards sb (= understanding) → partager les sentiments de qn
(= approving) → favorable
Public opinion seemed sympathetic → L'opinion publique semblait favorable.
to be sympathetic to a cause (= well-disposed) → sympathiser avec une cause
(= likeable) [character] → sympathique

sympathetic

adj
(= showing pity)mitfühlend, teilnahmsvoll; (= understanding)verständnisvoll; (= well-disposed)wohlwollend, wohlgesonnen (geh); look, smileverbindlich, freundlich; to be or feel sympathetic to(wards) somebody (= showing pity)mit jdm mitfühlen; (= understanding)jdm Verständnis entgegenbringen, für jdn Verständnis haben; (= being well-disposed)mit jdm sympathisieren; he was most sympathetic when I told him all my troubleser zeigte sehr viel Mitgefühl für all meine Sorgen; a sympathetic earein offenes Ohr
(= likeable)sympathisch
(Physiol, Phys) → sympathisch; sympathetic vibrationMitschwingung f; sympathetic stringmitschwingende Saite, Bordunsaite f; sympathetic magicSympathiezauber m

sympathetic

[ˌsɪmpəˈθɛtɪk] adj (showing pity) → compassionevole; (kind, understanding) → comprensivo/a
they were sympathetic but could not help → sono stati molto comprensivi ma non hanno potuto aiutare
to be sympathetic to a cause (well-disposed) → simpatizzare per una causa
to be sympathetic towards (person) → essere comprensivo/a nei confronti di

sympathy

(ˈsimpəði) noun
1. a feeling of pity or sorrow for a person in trouble. When her husband died, she received many letters of sympathy.
2. the state or feeling of being in agreement with, or of being able to understand, the attitude or feelings of another person. I have no sympathy with such a stupid attitude; Are you in sympathy with the strikers?
ˌsympaˈthetic (-ˈθetik) adjective
(negative unsympathetic) showing or feeling sympathy. She was very sympathetic when I failed my exam; a sympathetic smile.
sympaˈthetically adverb
ˈsympathize, ˈsympathise verb
to show or feel sympathy to. I find it difficult to sympathize with him when he complains so much.

sympathetic

مُتَعَاطِف chápající medfølende mitfühlend συμπονετικός comprensivo myötätuntoinen compréhensif simpatetičan comprensivo 同情的な 동정적인 sympathiek sympatisk pełen współczucia solidário сочувствующий sympatisk เห็นอกเห็นใจ anlayışlı thông cảm 同情的

sym·pa·thet·ic

a. simpático-a, rel. al sistema nervioso simpático.

sympathetic

adj compasivo, comprensivo; (neuro) simpático
References in classic literature ?
So they were all in all to each other, and came and went, quite unconscious of the interest they exited in those about them, who watched with sympathetic eyes the strong sister and the feeble one, always together, as if they felt instinctively that a long separation was not far away.
His fresh color and sandy hair and quick-changing blue eyes are those of a young man, and his sympathetic, solicitous interest in women is as youthful as it is Western and American.
Maryland Joe, his brother, told better stories (sometimes of Dick), though not so good a mimic as the other Kearney, who had a fairly sympathetic voice in singing.
Holding her hand, you felt something; a tender something; a substance, and a warm one: and so long as you should feel its grasp, soft as it was, you might be certain that your place was good in the whole sympathetic chain of human nature.
She shuddered to believe, yet could not help believing, that it gave her a sympathetic knowledge of the hidden sin in other hearts.
He reads, and looks from Jonah to the bill; while all his sympathetic shipmates now crowd round Jonah, prepared to lay their hands upon him.
There was only one thing that was capable of arousing her, and that provocation came in on the side of her unusually gentle and sympathetic nature;--anything in the shape of cruelty would throw her into a passion, which was the more alarming and inexplicable in proportion to the general softness of her nature.
The young fellow hooked his arm into the Reverend's, now, with the confiding and grateful air of a waif who has been longing for a friend, and a sympathetic ear, and a chance to lisp once more the sweet accents of the mother-tongue--and then he limbered up the muscles of his mouth and turned himself loose--and with such a relish
The letter was read and reread until it was nearly worn out; everybody admired its courtly and gracious tone, and smooth and practiced style, everybody was sympathetic and excited, and the Coopers were steeped in happiness all the while.
In reality Jane did not understand her niece very much better than Miranda; the difference between the sisters was, that while Jane was puzzled, she was also attracted, and when she was quite in the dark for an explanation of some quaint or unusual action she was sympathetic as to its possible motive and believed the best.
I wonder what thoughts are busy in your heart during all the hours you sit in yonder room with the fine people flitting before you like shapes in a magic-lantern: just as little sympathetic communion passing between you and them as if they were really mere shadows of human forms, and not the actual substance.
Possibly, some people might suspect him of a degree of under-bred pride; I have a sympathetic chord within that tells me it is nothing of the sort: I know, by instinct, his reserve springs from an aversion to showy displays of feeling - to manifestations of mutual kindliness.