Translation of sympathetic in Spanish:

sympathetic

Pronunciation: /ˌsɪmpəˈθetɪk/

adj

  • 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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Most first names in Spanish-speaking countries are those of saints. A person's santo, (also known as onomástico in Latin America and onomástica in Spain) is the saint's day of the saint that they are named for. Children were once usually named for the saint whose day they were born on, but this is less common now.