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fellow feeling

sympathetic feeling; sympathy:
to have fellow feeling for the unfortunate.
a sense of joint interest:
to act out of fellow feeling to support one's country.
Origin of fellow feeling
1605-15 Unabridged
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  • And after all, fellow-feeling was bigger than principalities and powers!

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
  • "I should be sorry to lay down so narrow a limit to fellow-feeling," said Upton.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • If ever there was a nation which ought to have a fellow-feeling with subject races it is the inhabitants of England.

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
  • Besides that, I have been a fool in my time, and a fellow-feeling makes us kind.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • “I have a fellow-feeling for that little girl,” smiled Mr. Westwood.

  • Her companions' eyes were opened, for the instant a fellow-feeling smote them.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • One might have asked of her the kindness of a fellow-feeling.

    The Colour of Life Alice Meynell
  • The basis of friendship is sympathy, that is, fellow-feeling.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • He has a fellow-feeling of the mournful and the joyful in the fate of all human beings.

  • He had a fellow-feeling for her attachment to an old toy, and yet Robin's will was law to him.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
British Dictionary definitions for fellow-feeling

fellow feeling

mutual sympathy or friendship
an opinion held in common
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Word Origin and History for fellow-feeling

1610s, an attempt to translate Latin compassio and Greek sympatheia. It yielded a back-formed verb, fellow-feel in 17c.

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