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English definition of “sympathy”

sympathy

noun [U]  /ˈsɪm·pə·θi/ us  

sympathy noun [U] (UNDERSTANDING)

a feeling or expression of understanding and caring for someone else who is suffering or has problems that have caused unhappiness: When Robert died, I sent a letter of sympathy to his wife.

sympathy noun [U] (SUPPORT)

a feeling or expression of support and agreement: She tends to be in sympathy with the left wing of the party. [pl] On the subject of wilderness, her sympathies were clearly pro-environmental.
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