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sympathetic

sym·pa·thet·ic

sympathetic

 
pronunciation:
sIm p the tihk
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: feeling or showing understanding.
He is a sympathetic person who listened to me when I was unhappy.
synonyms:
kind, understanding
similar words:
kindly, pitying
definition 2: feeling favorable (often followed by "to" or "toward").
The president is sympathetic to their ideas.
antonyms:
opposed
similar words:
open, supportive
derivation: sympathetically (adv.)
Word Parts
The word sympathetic contains the following part:
-ic Latin and Greek adjective-forming suffix that means like, pertaining to
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The suffix -ic attaches to roots and words of Greek or Latin origin to form adjectives. A few words ending in -ic (magic , critic , music ) were adjectives that became nouns in Greek before they entered English, also as nouns.