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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, showing, or resulting from sympathy or understanding.
a sympathetic personhis sympathetic words
synonyms:
kind, sympathizing, understanding
antonyms:
stony, unfeeling, unsympathetic
similar words:
commiserative, compassionate, gracious, kindhearted, kindly, pitying, responsive, simpatico, warm-hearted
definition 2: having the nature of, affected by, or pertaining to some special affinity or relationship.
our sympathetic reaction to the strike
antonyms:
unsympathetic
similar words:
understanding
definition 3: favorably disposed (often fol. by to or toward).
The president was sympathetic to their ideas.
synonyms:
disposed, inclined
antonyms:
antagonistic, opposed, unsympathetic
similar words:
open, receptive, supportive
definition 4: in vertebrates, designating that part of the autonomic nervous system which is responsible for accelerating the heartbeat, decreasing digestive activity, and other actions. (Cf. parasympathetic.)
definition 5: in physics, denoting vibrations induced in a mass or body by similar vibrations in a separate mass or body.
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.