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[sim-pah-ti-koh, -pat-i-] /sɪmˈpɑ tɪˌkoʊ, -ˈpæt ɪ-/
congenial or like-minded; likable:
I find our new neighbor simpatico in every respect.
Origin of simpatico
1860-65; < Italian: literally, sympathetic, equivalent to simpat(ia) sympathy + -ico -ic. Compare Spanish simpático, French sympathique, German sympatisch
Can be confused
empathetic, sympathetic, simpatico. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for simpatico
  • But, too often, a simpatico relationship with natural surroundings is confused with environmentalism.
  • The bar serves an amazing range of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks and is also a simpatico place for meetings.
  • simpatico indicated that the goal of response letters was to close the feedback loop to the grievant.
British Dictionary definitions for simpatico


/sɪmˈpɑːtɪˌkəʊ; -ˈpæt-/
adjective (informal)
pleasant or congenial
of similar mind or temperament; compatible
Word Origin
Italian: from simpatiasympathy
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Word Origin and History for simpatico

1864 (in fem. form simpatica), from Spanish simpatico "sympathetic," from simpatia "sympathy," or from Italian simpatico, from simpatia, both ultimately from Latin sympathia (see sympathy).

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Slang definitions & phrases for simpatico



Genuine; unadulterated

[1840+; the name of a virtuous Quaker in Susanna Centlivre's 1717 play A Bold Stroke for a Wife]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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