|—n , pl -thies|
|1.||the sharing of another's emotions, esp of sorrow or anguish; pity; compassion|
|2.||an affinity or harmony, usually of feelings or interests, between persons or things: to be in sympathy with someone|
|3.||mutual affection or understanding arising from such a relationship; congeniality|
|4.||the condition of a physical system or body when its behaviour is similar or corresponds to that of a different system that influences it, such as the vibration of sympathetic strings|
|5.||(sometimes plural) a feeling of loyalty, support, or accord, as for an idea, cause, etc|
|6.||physiol the mutual relationship between two organs or parts whereby a change in one has an effect on the other|
|[C16: from Latin sympathīa, from Greek sumpatheia, from sumpathēs, from |
sympathy sym·pa·thy (sĭm'pə-thē)
A relation between parts or organs by which a disease or disorder in one induces an effect in the other.
Mental contagion, as in yawning induced by seeing another person yawn.
Mutual understanding or affection arising from a relationship or an affinity, in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other.