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sympathetic

1. Anatomy physiol of or relating to the division of the autonomic nervous system that acts in opposition to the parasympathetic system accelerating the heartbeat, dilating the bronchi, inhibiting the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, etc.
2. relating to vibrations occurring as a result of similar vibrations in a neighbouring body
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I am, you understand, young, 'andsome, sympathetic.
In his most eloquent and sympathetic passages he is a thorough poet, splendidly imaginative and dramatic.
He described Nature from full and sympathetic first-hand observation, but there is still a certain stiffness about his manner, very different from the intimate and confident familiarity and power of spiritual interpretation which characterizes the great poets of three generations later.
It is so tempting to talk to really sympathetic people.
His voice suggested sympathetic reproof but at the same time indicated that a few harrowing details would not be unacceptable.
His fresh color and sandy hair and quick-changing blue eyes are those of a young man, and his sympathetic, solicitous interest in women is as youthful as it is Western and American.
Presently he noticed as an odd thing that it was undoubtedly out upon the lagoon with some definite purpose, for it was fighting the tide, and sometimes winning; and when it won, Peter, always sympathetic to the weaker side, could not help clapping; it was such a gallant piece of paper.
Curiously enough, the other man, too had changed as though in sympathetic deference to his superior officer.
That the dainty maiden should dance and weep at the same time was indeed surprising; so Dorothy asked in a soft, sympathetic voice:
We accept them as facts, but we are left without sympathetic comprehension of them.
David Blythe had sent his horse and buggy to meet them, and the urchin who had brought it slipped away with a sympathetic grin, leaving them to the delight of driving alone to their new home through the radiant evening.
Foretel me that some tender maid, whose grandmother is yet unborn, hereafter, when, under the fictitious name of Sophia, she reads the real worth which once existed in my Charlotte, shall from her sympathetic breast send forth the heaving sigh.