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sym-

pref.
Variant of syn-.
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sym-

prefix
before b, p, and m, a variant of syn-
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sym-

var. of syn- before b, p, m: symbol; symphony; symmetry.

sym.

1. symbol.
2. symphony.
3. symptom.
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References in classic literature ?
From this present view point he was enabled to look upon them in spectator fashion and to criticise them with some correctness, for his new condition had already defeated certain sym- pathies.
There did not seem to be brains enough in the entire nursery, so to speak, to bait a fish-hook with; but you didn't seem to mind that, after a little, because you soon saw that brains were not needed in a society like that, and in- deed would have marred it, hindered it, spoiled its sym- metry -- perhaps rendered its existence impossible.
Well, by and by the king he gets up and comes for- ward a little, and works himself up and slobbers out a speech, all full of tears and flapdoodle about its being a sore trial for him and his poor brother to lose the diseased, and to miss seeing diseased alive after the long journey of four thousand mile, but it's a trial that's sweetened and sanctified to us by this dear sym- pathy and these holy tears, and so he thanks them out of his heart and out of his brother's heart, because out of their mouths they can't, words being too weak and cold, and all that kind of rot and slush, till it was just sickening; and then he blubbers out a pious goody- goody Amen, and turns himself loose and goes to cry- ing fit to bust.