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sympathy noun

ADJ. considerable, deep, genuine, great, heartfelt, real | scant | general, popular, public, widespread

VERB + SYMPATHY be full of, feel, have She seemed to feel some sympathy for the patients. | express, extend, give sb, offer (sb), show (sb) She expressed her deepest sympathy for him. She says I haven't given her enough sympathy. We extend our sympathy to the families of the victims. | expend, waste | demand, want I don't want your sympathy! | deserve | arouse, attract, earn, elicit, engage, evoke, excite, gain, get, rouse, win Their plight aroused considerable public sympathy. He didn't get much sympathy from anyone. | lose

SYMPATHY + VERB go out to sb, lie with sb Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife and family. My sympathy lies with his wife.

PREP. in ~ with Nurses came out on strike in sympathy with the doctors. | out of ~ She married him more out of sympathy than love. | with ~ Desmond eyed her anguished face with sympathy. | ~ for He has a total lack of sympathy for young people. | ~ to The government showed sympathy to their cause. | ~ towards He acted with some sympathy towards his victim. | ~ with She had every sympathy with him.

PHRASES a feeling of sympathy, full of sympathy, have every/little sympathy for sb, a lack of sympathy, a pang of sympathy I felt a pang of sympathy for her.