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sympathy

noun (UNDERSTANDING)    /ˈsɪm.pə.θi/
B2 [U] (an expression of) understanding and care for someone else's suffering: The president has sent a message of sympathy to the relatives of the dead soldiers. I don't have much sympathy for her - I think she's brought her troubles on herself. → Compare empathySympathy and compassion offer/send your sympathies formal to express your sadness to someone because a relation or friend of theirs has recently died: I went along to the funeral in order to offer my sympathies.Sympathy and compassion
(Definition of sympathy noun (UNDERSTANDING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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