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sympathy (n.)

1570年代, “某些事物之间的亲和力”, 来自法语 sympathie (16世纪), 直接来自拉丁语晚期 sympathia “感情的共同体, 同情”, 来自希腊语 sympatheia “fellow-feeling, 感情的共同体”, 来自 sympathes “有同胞的感情, 受同类感情的影响”, 来自 syn- “一起” (见 syn-) + pathos “感觉” 的同化形式(来自PIE词根 *kwent(h) - “遭受” ).

在英语中, 起初几乎是一个神奇的概念; 用于指在沾有伤口血迹的布上涂抹能治愈伤口的药物. 意思是“感情的一致性” 是来自1590年代; “同胞的感情, 同情” 的意义是第一次证明17世纪. 古英语借译的 sympathyefensargung.

Origin and meaning of sympathy

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Definitions of sympathy

sympathy (n.)
an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion;
Synonyms: understanding
sympathy (n.)
sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish);
Synonyms: fellow feeling
sympathy (n.)
a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other;
the two of them were in close sympathy
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