Sympathize vs Compassion - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between sympathize and compassion
is that sympathize
is to show sympathy; to be affected by feelings similar to those of another, in consequence of knowing the person to be thus affected while compassion
is (obsolete) to pity.
As a noun compassion is
deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
To show sympathy; to be affected by feelings similar to those of another, in consequence of knowing the person to be thus affected.
To have a common feeling, as of bodily pleasure or pain.
- Their countrymen sympathized with their heroes in all their adventures.
To agree; to be in accord; to harmonize.
- The mind will sympathize so much with the anguish and debility of the body, that it will be too distracted to fix itself in meditation.
Used similarly to empathize, interchangeably in looser usage. In stricter usage, (term) is stronger and more intimate, while sympathize is weaker and more distant; see .
Further, the general “agree, accord” sense of sympathize is not shared with (term).
Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it
* 1849 , Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow), A practical commentary upon the first Epistle of St. Peter (page 47)
- Oh! the unspeakable privilege to have Him for our Father, who is the Father of mercies and compassions , and those not barren, fruitless pityings, for He is withal the God of all consolations.
* empathy, pity, ruth, tenderheartedness, sorrow
* kindness, heart, mercy
* compassion fatigue
(obsolete) To pity.
* 1607 , , IV. i. 124:
- O heavens, can you hear a good man groan / And not relent, or not compassion him?