appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound
find sb

I found the doctors very sympathetic.

make sb

Her aggressive attitude makes me less sympathetic to her plight.

The character's faults actually make him more sympathetic.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
deeply, genuinely, truly

a patient and deeply sympathetic man

He sounded genuinely sympathetic.

entirely, highly

He was speaking to a highly sympathetic audience.

not entirely

He'd written a not entirely sympathetic article in the ‘Globe’.

less than

Her attitude to my situation was less than sympathetic.

broadly, largely

My boss is being very sympathetic about my problems.


They were extremely sympathetic to my plight.

The government is broadly sympathetic to our ideas.


I did not feel sympathetic towards/toward them.

Sympathetic is used with these nouns: ↑attitude, ↑audience, ↑character, ↑ear, ↑expression, ↑eye, ↑grin, ↑hand, ↑handling, ↑hearing, ↑listener, ↑look, ↑manner, ↑observer, ↑reception, ↑response, ↑teacher, ↑tone, ↑treatment, ↑understanding

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • sympathetic — in the meaning ‘eliciting sympathy’ rather than ‘feeling sympathy’, dates from the beginning of the 20c. Despite Fowler s reservations (he wrote in 1926 when it was still a new meaning), it has become rapidly established in standard English: •… …   Modern English usage

  • sympathetic — [adj1] concerned, feeling affectionate, all heart*, appreciating, benign, benignant, caring, commiserating, compassionate, comprehending, condoling, considerate, having heart in right place*, interested, kind, kindhearted, kindly, loving, pitying …   New thesaurus

  • sympathetic — [sim΄pə thet′ik] adj. [ModL sympatheticus < Gr sympatheia,SYMPATHY, infl. by Gr pathētikos,PATHETIC] 1. of, expressing, resulting from, feeling, or showing sympathy; sympathizing 2. in agreement with one s tastes, mood, feelings, disposition,… …   English World dictionary

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  • sympathetic — 1640s, pertaining to sympathy, from Mod.L. sympatheticus, from Gk. sympathetikos, from sympathein, from sympathes having a fellow feeling, affected by like feelings (see SYMPATHY (Cf. sympathy)). Meaning having fellow feeling is recorded from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sympathetic — 1 *consonant, congenial, congruous, compatible, consistent Analogous words: agreeing, harmonizing or harmonious, accordant, correspondent (see corresponding verbs at AGREE) 2 *tender, compassionate, warm, warmhearted, responsive Analogous words:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sympathetic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) feeling, showing, or expressing sympathy. 2) showing approval of an idea or action. 3) pleasing, likeable, or sensitively designed. 4) Physiology referring to the part of the autonomic nervous system supplying the internal organs,… …   English terms dictionary

  • sympathetic — I. adjective Etymology: New Latin sympatheticus, from Latin sympathia sympathy Date: 1644 1. existing or operating through an affinity, interdependence, or mutual association 2. a. appropriate to one s mood, inclinations, or disposition b. marked …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sympathetic — sym|pa|thet|ic [ˌsımpəˈθetık] adj 1.) caring and feeling sorry about someone s problems ▪ a sympathetic friend ▪ a sympathetic attitude sympathetic to/towards ▪ I m sympathetic to parents who are worried about what their children see on… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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