Definition of Sympathy

What does the word sympathy mean?

The meaning of sympathy:

Accordingly to Oxford Living Dictionary, sympathy means the feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune. Examples include: ‘The have not sympathy for the people affected the earthquake in Nepal.

The Pronunciation: 

Sympathy is pronounced in /ˈsɪmpəθi/.

The Origin:

The word was first coinded in the year 1570 with the meaning of “affinity between certain things” from Middle French sympathie (16c.).

Derivations of Sympathy:

NOUNS: Sympathy is the mutual feelings of sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.

NOUNS PLURAL: Sympathies mean the formal expression of sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.

VERBS: Sympathize is to express fellow-felling for someone loss of something.

ADJECTIVES: Sympathetic means relating to or having  expression of sympathy.

ADVERBS: Sympathetically means with sympathies.

Examples from World’s Media:

  • I wish to express my deepest sympathies to his wife, Queen Sirikit, and his children. (TIME.COM).
  • The government has offered “unreserved sympathies” to the family of a man who killed himself after saying he felt “belittled” by job centre staff. (BBC.COM).
  • Pakistanis Mark 2nd Anniversary of Peshawar School Attack (NYTIMES.COM)