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American English: /ˈsɪmpəθi/
British English: /ˈsɪmpəθi/

Translation of sympathy in Spanish:

noun plural sympathies

  • 1 1.1 uncountable (pity) sympathy (for somebody/something)the unemployed need more than sympathy
    los desocupados necesitan algo más que compasión or lástima
    I have some sympathy for the way she's been treated
    en cierto modo la compadezco por la manera como la han tratado
    Example sentences
    • From this side of the water, one can have some sympathy with that frustration.
    • I have considerable sympathy with Mr S on this aspect of the case.
    • I have absolute sympathy with the friends and families of anyone that's suffered in anything like this.
    1.2 (condolences) (often plural) please accept this expression of our deepest sympathy or sympathies
    le rogamos acepte nuestro más sentido pésame or nuestras más sinceras condolencias [formal]
    you have my deepest sympathy
    lo acompaño en el sentimiento
    mi más sentido pésame
    a letter of sympathy
    una carta de pésame
    we called to offer our sympathies to his widow
    fuimos a darle el pésame a la viuda
    fuimos a expresarle nuestras condolencias a la viuda [formal]
    Example sentences
    • Our sympathies and condolences go to the victims of this incident and the people of London.
    • Our condolences and sympathies go to the families of the Hon John Falloon and Jack Luxton.
    • In this case, one's sympathies go out to the performers who have a living to earn.
  • 2 2.1 uncountable (support, approval)I was in/out of sympathy with the majority
    estaba/no estaba de acuerdo con la mayoría
    to come out in sympathy with somebody (go on strike to support)
    declararse en huelga en solidaridad con alguien
    (before noun) (strike/action)
    de solidaridad
    Example sentences
    • However, such a claim is unlikely to attract judicial sympathy for two reasons.
    • Keegan deserves a moment of sympathy for his honest comments, but not much more than a moment.
    • An opinion poll last week showed there is widespread sympathy for the strikes.
    also: sympathies plural
    (loyalty, leanings)
    simpatías (feminine plural)
    his sympathies lay with the strikers
    sus simpatías estaban con los huelguistas
    Republican/left-wing sympathies
    tendencias (feminine plural) republicanas/izquierdistas
    Example sentences
    • The Duke of Windsor - for years held up as a romantic figure who abdicated for love - shared those sympathies.
    • He also supports Glasgow Rangers, while he's also got Chelsea sympathies.
    • In both, secessionist sympathies are much wider than support for terrorism and have a much longer history.
  • 3 uncountable 3.1 (affinity, understanding) there was some sympathy between them
    había una cierta afinidad entre ellos
    Example sentences
    • Understanding begins with sympathy - recognition of the shared human condition.
    • To receive, you must give, and not just in words and gestures but in true sympathy, understanding and commitment.
    • He feels that he is receiving less than his share and that there is no one on whom he can rely for sympathy and understanding.
    3.2 (empathy, harmony) a profound sympathy with nature
    una profunda empatía or armonía con la naturaleza
    he yawned in sympathy
    se le contagió el bostezo
    coal prices fell in sympathy with oil
    el precio del carbón cayó siguiendo la tendencia establecida por el precio del petróleo
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