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.
Sympathy is pronounced in /ˈsɪmpəθi/.
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).
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