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Sympathetic persons are apt to assume that every refined emotion must be ennobling.

There is no passion in your veins; it is only a sort of sympathetic selfishness.

This was Katherine Holroyd, a sympathetic observer and everybody's intimate.

Life at both ends was the very school for quick, sympathetic Shakespeare.

In this vast multitude every face was smiling, every heart beat with sympathetic joy.

The sympathetic Toodles welcomed this opening for a chuckle.

"You are quite right," said d'Aguilar in his sympathetic voice.

He could not expect any sympathetic farmers to help him or show him the way.

She did not answer at once; but her eyes were kind and sympathetic.

Bred in coldness and severity, this had rescued him to have a warm and sympathetic heart.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, "pertaining to sympathy," from Modern Latin sympatheticus, from Greek sympathetikos, from sympathein, from sympathes "having a fellow feeling, affected by like feelings" (see sympathy). Meaning "having fellow feeling" is recorded from 1718. In anatomical sense, the word is attested from 1769, from Modern Latin (nervus) sympathicus, coined by Jacques-Benigne Winslow (1669-1760), Danish anatomist living in Paris. Related: Sympathetically.

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