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sympathy

sym·pa·thy

sympathy

 
pronunciation:
sIm p thi
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part of speech: noun
inflections: sympathies
definition 1: a feeling of caring for a person who is sad.
I thanked my friends for their expressions of sympathy after my mother died.
similar words:
pity
definition 2: an agreement of emotion between people.
I have no sympathy for people who refuse to help themselves.
synonyms:
agreement
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The word sympathy contains the following parts:
sym- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix sym- occurs in Greek loanwords and hence attaches to Greek bases. It is an assimilated form of syn- used before roots beginning with b, p, and m, such as "bio, bi, -be", "path, patho, -pathic, -pathy", and "metr, -meter, -metry". See syn- and its other assimilated forms syl- and sys-.
path, patho, -pathic, -pathy Greek root that means suffer, feel; disease