Translation of sympathetic in Spanish:

sympathetic

Pronunciation: /ˌsɪmpəˈθetɪk/

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1 (understanding) comprensivo she looked a sympathetic person me pareció una persona comprensiva they offered a sympathetic ear when I most needed it me escucharon con comprensión cuando más lo necesitaba they weren't in the least sympathetic no demostraron ninguna comprensiónto be sympathetic to/toward sb/sth he was most sympathetic to me when my wife died me dio todo su apoyo y comprensión or fue de lo más comprensivo cuando murió mi mujer
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    • Both of the controllers were understanding and sympathetic toward me, perhaps more than I deserved.
    • ‘Don't worry dear ’, she told me in sympathetic tones, ‘Everything will be fine’.
    • Dave offered a hug along with his sympathetic tone, but Lori didn't feel the comfort in the embrace.
  • 2 2.1 (approving) [response/view] favorable; [audience] bien dispuesto, receptivo to be sympathetic to sth [to a cause/regime] simpatizar* con algo [to a request/demand] mostrarse* favorable a algo 2.2 (congenial) [environment/atmosphere] cordial
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    • Harvey kept Hilarion as a sympathetic character, ruggedly attractive and devoted.
    • Like Tony Maudsley's character, Martin, Christine is very sympathetic, and her sweet nature sets her apart from Ray Temple's bullying and caustic ways.
    • In Cath, Jennings succeeds in quickly establishing an extremely likeable, sympathetic character.
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    • So the goal was to design a roof structure sympathetic to these life-forming principles.
    • The home had been plagued by numerous remodels, ‘none of which were sympathetic to the original design,’ he explains.
    • The homes will also be sympathetic to existing designs in Broome Manor Lane in that they will be two storey.
    2.3 (showing empathy) [interpretation/rendering] fiel
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    • This patronising attitude only serves to alienate potential members who might otherwise be sympathetic to socialist ideas.
    • At least one newspaper has editorialised in favour of political union and others are sympathetic to the proposal.
    • Let's hope that Bradford MP Gerry Sutcliffe, whose ministerial responsibilities now include fireworks, is sympathetic to that view.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.