sympathy


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sympathy

1. the condition of a physical system or body when its behaviour is similar or corresponds to that of a different system that influences it, such as the vibration of sympathetic strings
2. Physiol the mutual relationship between two organs or parts whereby a change in one has an effect on the other
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I was easily led by the sympathy which he evinced to use the language of my heart, to give utterance to the burning ardour of my soul and to say, with all the fervour that warmed me, how gladly I would sacrifice my fortune, my existence, my every hope, to the furtherance of my enterprise.
And it is curious to note that from the slaves themselves they received, not merely very little assistance, but hardly any sympathy even; and when at the close of the war the slaves found themselves free, found themselves indeed so absolutely free that they were free to starve, many of them bitterly regretted the new state of things.
Poor thing, you must have had a rotten time," she murmured, and by way of showing her sympathy put her hand on his shoulder.
Beneath his somewhat ostentatious manner of the man of the world were hidden a heart and a human sympathy as warm as ever belonged to any man.
Pierre saw that Prince Andrew was going to speak of Natasha, and his broad face expressed pity and sympathy.
The sympathy of society with a friendless woman could hardly have been expressed in a more amusing way
Again Miss Garth waited at the threshold, and again the sound of the rustling dress passed to and fro -- now far, now near -- to and fro with a cruel, mechanical regularity, that chilled the warmest sympathy, and daunted the boldest hope.
Does love, then, between the sexes depend on this congenial sympathy and innate evidence?
When Phoebe broke into a peal of merry laughter at what she read, he would now and then laugh for sympathy, but oftener respond with a troubled, questioning look.
I wrapped myself in PRIDE as in a MANTLE, and scorned the sympathies of nature; and therefore has nature made this wretched body the medium of a dreadful sympathy.
Comrades of the thunder and companions of death, I cannot but regard it as singularly fortunate that we who by conviction and sympathy are designated by nature as the champions of that fairest of her products, the white metal, should also, by a happy chance, be engaged mostly in the business of mining it.
Sympathy with the miserable victim and anticipations of similar deceptions for themselves, their sisters, and their daughters, made them now regard the Colour Bill in an entirely new aspect.