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English Dictionary: sympathetic by the DICT Development Group
2 results for sympathetic
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system; "sympathetic neurons"; "sympathetic stimulation"
  2. expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward; "sympathetic to the students' cause"; "a sympathetic observer"; "a sympathetic gesture"
    Antonym(s): unsympathetic
  3. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity; "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor"
    Synonym(s): charitable, benevolent, kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted, large-hearted
  4. (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings; "the sympathetic characters in the play"
    Synonym(s): sympathetic, appealing, likeable, likable
    Antonym(s): unappealing, unlikable, unlikeable, unsympathetic
  5. having similar disposition and tastes; "with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"
  6. relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body; "sympathetic vibration"
    Synonym(s): harmonic, sympathetic
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sympathetic \Sym`pa*thet"ic\, a. [See {Sympathy}, and cf.
      1. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing.
                     Far wiser he, whose sympathetic mind Exults in all
                     the good of all mankind.                     --Goldsmith.
      2. Produced by, or expressive of, sympathy.
                     Ope the sacred source of sympathetic tears. --Gray.
      3. (Physiol.)
            (a) Produced by sympathy; -- applied particularly to
                  symptoms or affections. See {Sympathy}.
            (b) Of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system or
                  some of its branches; produced by stimulation on the
                  sympathetic nervious system or some part of it; as,
                  the sympathetic saliva, a modified form of saliva,
                  produced from some of the salivary glands by
                  stimulation of a sympathetic nerve fiber.
      {Sympathetic ink}. (Chem.) See under {Ink}.
      {Sympathetic nerve} (Anat.), any nerve of the sympathetic
            system; especially, the axial chain of ganglions and
            nerves belonging to the sympathetic system.
      {Sympathetic powder} (Alchemy), a kind of powder long
            supposed to be able to cure a wound if applied to the
            weapon that inflicted it, or even to a portion of the
            bloody clothes. --Dunglison.
      {Sympathetic sounds} (Physics), sounds produced from solid
            bodies by means of vibrations which have been communicated
            to them from some other sounding body, by means of the air
            or an intervening solid.
      {Sympathetic system} (Anat.), a system of nerves and nerve
            ganglions connected with the alimentary canal, the
            vascular system, and the glandular organs of most
            vertebrates, and controlling more or less their actions.
            The axial part of the system and its principal ganglions
            and nerves are situated in the body cavity and form a
            chain of ganglions on each side of the vertebral column
            connected with numerous other ganglions and nerve
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