1 [U] ~ (for/towards sb) (capacity for) sharing the feelings of others; feeling of pity and sorrow (for sb) 同情; 同情心
*feel great sympathy for sb 对某人深为同情
* She never expressed any sympathy when I was injured. 我受伤时她从未表示过同情.
* Out of sympathy for the homeless children he gave them shelter for the night. 他怀着恻隐之心, 留那些无家可归的孩子过夜.
2 sympathies [pl] feeling or expression of sorrow, approval, etc 哀悼;慰问; （感情上的）支持, 赞同
*You have my deepest sympathies on the death of your wife. 对于令夫人之去世, 谨向您表示最深切的慰问.
* My sympathies are with the workers in this dispute. 在这场纠纷中, 我站在工人一方.
3 [U] ~ (between sb and sb) liking for each other produced in people who have similar opinions or tastes 志同道合; 意气相投
*A bond of sympathy developed between members of the group. 该组织成员间产生了志同道合的凝聚力.
4 (idm 习语) in sympathy (with sb/sth) showing support or approval for a cause, etc 对某事业等表示支持或赞同
*The steel workers came out in sympathy with the miners, ie went on strike to show support for them. 钢铁工人为声援矿工举行了罢工.
* I'm sure she will be in sympathy with your proposal. 我确信她一定赞成你的建议. have no, some, etc sympathy with sb/sth be unable/able to share sb's views, etc 不同意[同意]某人的观点等
*He's wrong I have no sympathy with him. 他错了--我不同意他的意见.
* I have some sympathy with that point of view. 我比较赞成这种看法.
[Date: 1500-1600; Language: Latin;Origin: sympathia, from Greek sympatheia, from sympathes 'sharing feelings, sympathetic', from syn- ( SYN-) + pathos 'feelings']
the feeling of being sorry for someone who is in a bad situation
I have a lot of sympathy for her; she had to bring up the children on her own.
I have absolutely no sympathy for students who get caught cheating in exams.
She wrote a letter expressing her sympathy .
play on sb's sympathy
(=make someone feel sorry for you in order to gain an advantage for yourself)
We would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to Ken's wife Marjorie.
Our sympathies are with the families of the victims.
My sympathies go out to the boy's mother.
message/letter of sympathy
The victim's parents have received thousands of messages of sympathy.
belief in or support for a plan, idea, or action, especially a political one
in sympathy with sth
Willard is in sympathy with many Green Party issues.
Her sympathies lie firmly with the Conservative Party.
communist/Republican/left-wing etc sympathies
Matheson is known for his pro-socialist sympathies.
Sullivan expressed sympathy for the striking federal workers.
a feeling that you understand someone because you are similar to them
There was no personal sympathy between them.
1. Every awkward attempt meets with sympathy and encouragement, and the most difficult step on the path of language becomes the merriest game. 每一次尴尬的尝试都会受到同情和鼓励，这样在语言学习道路上最困难的一步变成了最愉快的游戏。
2. The phrase "emotional intelligence" was coined by researchers five years ago to describe qualities like understanding one's own feelings, sympathy for the feelings of others and "the regulation of emotion in a way that enhances living& "情感智能"一词是研究人员五年前创造出来的，用以描绘人的一些素质，诸如对自身感觉的了解，对他人感觉的同情，以及"调节情感以更好地生活"的能力。
3. At the same time our sympathy for Galileo´s opponents has grown somewhat. 与此同时，我们对伽利略的反对派的同情也有所增加。
4. You seem to have a lot of sympathy for them,' she said. 'Yes, I do.' But I never told her why." 你好像很同情他们似的，'她说。'是的，我是很同情他们。'可我从没有告诉她这是为什么。”
5. She never expressed any sympathy when I was injured. 1我受伤时她从未表示过同情.
6. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her. "Who was that man?" he asked. 她开始说些表示同情的话，但海军陆战队队员却打断了她，"那位老人是谁？"他问。
7. I must warn you, Miss Dietrich, that your sympathy for that little Negro girl is going a little too far. 我必须警告你，迪特里希小姐，你对那个黑人女孩的同情太过分了。