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SYMPATHY

The quality of being affected by the experience of another, expecially in sorrow or trial, with similar feelings in oneself. Kinship in suffering is true sympathy. (Etym. Latin sympathia; from Greek sumpatheia, from sympath_s, affected by like feelings: sun-, like + pathos, emotions, feelings.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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