Sympathy is a feeling of pity or sense of compassion — it's when you feel bad for someone else who's going through something hard.
The ability to feel sympathy for others is a great part of what make us human, and it's what compels us to reach out and offer help. So have sympathy for people who confuse this word with empathy — they're awfully close in meaning. Feeling sympathy means you feel sorry for someone's situation, even if you've never been there yourself. Empathy is when you truly understand and can feel what another person is going though.
n sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
- fellow feeling
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a feeling of sympathy for someone or something
sympathy arising from a kind heart
a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
commiseration, pathos, pity, ruth
a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
a feeling of sympathetic understanding
understanding and entering into another's feelings
a feeling of excessive concern
a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)
your deepest feelings of love and compassion
kindheartedness through maturity or old age
warm compassionate feelings
the feeling that motivates compassion
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the experiencing of affective and emotional states