“He operates under such prolonged and continued stress,” says a sympathetic senior Western official.
He is lean, well muscled, the complexion of a hazel nut, with black, sympathetic eyes.
What bugged him was that Southers appeared to be sympathetic to the unionization of the TSA work force.
1640s, "pertaining to sympathy," from Modern Latin sympatheticus, from Greek sympathetikos, from sympathein, from sympathes "having a fellow feeling, affected by like feelings" (see sympathy). Meaning "having fellow feeling" is recorded from 1718. In anatomical sense, the word is attested from 1769, from Modern Latin (nervus) sympathicus, coined by Jacques-Benigne Winslow (1669-1760), Danish anatomist living in Paris. Related: Sympathetically.
sympathetic sym·pa·thet·ic (sĭm'pə-thět'ĭk)
Of, relating to, or acting on the sympathetic nervous system.