What is sympathetic?

  • (adj): Of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system.
    Example: "Sympathetic neurons"; "sympathetic stimulation"
    See also — Additional definitions below


The word sympathetic means different things in different contexts.

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Sympathetic Character
... A sympathetic character is a fictional character in a story whom the writer expects the reader to identify with and care about, if not necessarily admire ... almost by definition, fit into the category of sympathetic character so, however, do many supporting characters and even villains ...
... The word sympathetic means different things in different contexts ... In neurology and neuroscience, the sympathetic nervous system is a part of the autonomic nervous system In music theory, sympathetic strings are strings on a musical instrument that ...
Sympathetic Resonance
... Sympathetic resonance or sympathetic vibration is a harmonic phenomenon wherein a formerly passive string or vibratory body responds to external vibrations to which it has a harmonic likeness ... The principle of sympathetic resonance has been applied in musical instruments from many cultures and times ... guitars and pianos with the dampers raised, other instruments are fitted with extra choirs of sympathetic strings, which respond with a silvery halo to the tones played on the main strings ...
Spencer Lewis - Inventions - Sympathetic Vibration Harp
... The Sympathetic Vibration Harp was built by Dr ... Lewis to demonstrate the AMORC's principle of sympathetic vibration ...
Sacral Ganglia
... ganglia are paravertebral ganglia of the sympathetic trunk.39 As the sympathetic trunk heads inferiorly down the sacrum, it turns medially ... Near the coccyx, the right and left sympathetic trunks join to form the ganglion impar ...

More definitions of "sympathetic":

  • (adj): (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings.
    Example: "The sympathetic characters in the play"
    Synonyms: appealing, likeable, likable
  • (adj): Having similar disposition and tastes.
    Example: "With their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"
    Synonyms: compatible
  • (adj): Expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward.
    Example: "Sympathetic to the students' cause"; "a sympathetic observer"; "a sympathetic gesture"
  • (adj): Relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body.
    Example: "Sympathetic vibration"
    Synonyms: harmonic
  • (adj): Showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity.
    Example: "Sympathetic words"
    Synonyms: charitable, kindly, large-hearted

Famous quotes containing the word sympathetic:

    It is a doctrine alike of the oldest and of the newest philosophy, that man is one, and that you cannot injure any member, without a sympathetic injury to all the members.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    1992 is not a year I shall look back on with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an Annus Horribilis.
    Elizabeth II (b. 1926)

    [Rutherford B. Hayes] was a patriotic citizen, a lover of the flag and of our free institutions, an industrious and conscientious civil officer, a soldier of dauntless courage, a loyal comrade and friend, a sympathetic and helpful neighbor, and the honored head of a happy Christian home. He has steadily grown in the public esteem, and the impartial historian will not fail to recognize the conscientiousness, the manliness, and the courage that so strongly characterized his whole public career.
    Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901)