American English

Definition of sympathy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. sympathies)
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually plural] the feeling of being sorry for someone; showing that you understand and care about someone's problems to express/feel sympathy for someone Ihave no sympathy forJen; it's all her own fault. I wish he'd show me a little more sympathy. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the victims of the war. (formal) May we offer our deepest sympathies on the death of your wife.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable, usually plural] the act of showing support for or approval of an idea, a cause, an organization, etc. The seamen went on strike in sympathy with (= to show their support for) the dockworkers. Her sympathies lie with the anti-vivisection lobby.
  3. 3[uncountable] friendship and understanding between people who have similar opinions or interests There was no personal sympathy between them.
  4. Idioms
    in sympathy with something
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    happening because something else has happened Share prices slipped in sympathy with the discouraging economic news.
    out of sympathy with somebody/something
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    not agreeing with or not wanting to support someone or something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sympathy