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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪmpəθi/

Translation of sympathy in Spanish:

noun/nombre (plural -thies)

  • 1 1.1 uncountable/no numerable (pity) compasión (feminine), lástima (feminine)sympathy (for sb/sth) 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/frecuentemente plural) please accept this expression of our deepest sympathy o 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 or [formal] a expresarle nuestras condolencias a la viuda
    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/no numerable (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 sb (go on strike to support) declararse en huelga en solidaridad con algn (before noun/delante del nombre) [strike/action] solidario, de solidaridad 2.2
    (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.
    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.
  • 3 uncountable/no numerable 3.1 (affinity, understanding) afinidad (feminine) there was some sympathy between them había una cierta afinidad entre ellos 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
    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.

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