sympathy


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extend one's sympathy (to someone)

to express sympathy to someone. (A very polite and formal way to tell someone that you are sorry about a misfortune.) Please permit me to extend my sympathy to you and your children. I'm very sorry to hear of the death of your husband. Let's extend our sympathy to Bill Jones, who is in the hospital with a broken leg. We should send him some flowers.
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one's deepest sympathy

one's very sincere sympathy. I am so sorry about the death of your father. You have my deepest sympathy. She sent her deepest sympathy to the family.
See also: deep, sympathy

tea and sympathy

  (old-fashioned)
kindness and sympathy that you show to someone who is upset Sometimes people want practical advice and sometimes they just want tea and sympathy.
See also: and, sympathy, tea
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Norah's influence had been exerted to rouse her sister; and Norah's patient sympathy had set the prisoned grief free.
This dependence, and the necessity of being bound himself, and his posterity, by the laws to which he gives his assent, are the true, and they are the strong chords of sympathy between the representative and the constituent.
Duty, gratitude, interest, ambition itself, are the chords by which they will be bound to fidelity and sympathy with the great mass of the people.
When man has realised Individualism, he will also realise sympathy and exercise it freely and spontaneously.
I saw no vulgar curiosity in his flattering gaze, but rather that very sympathy of which I stood in need.
Poor thing, you must have had a rotten time," she murmured, and by way of showing her sympathy put her hand on his shoulder.
In these letters is to be detected, and in each one more than the last, a growing feeling of friendship and sympathy.
Pierre saw that Prince Andrew was going to speak of Natasha, and his broad face expressed pity and sympathy.
Simply to explain to you, as I have just explained to your Chief, that while we possess every sympathy with, and desire to give every latitude in the world to the military point of view, there are just one or two very small matters in which we must claim to have a voice.
Under very trying circumstances, you have treated me with the tenderness and the sympathy which you might have shown to an old friend.
Comrades of the thunder and companions of death, I cannot but regard it as singularly fortunate that we who by conviction and sympathy are designated by nature as the champions of that fairest of her products, the white metal, should also, by a happy chance, be engaged mostly in the business of mining it.
It was hard for the active fellows, right in the midst of their vacation; and nobody blamed them when they contented themselves with brief calls, running of errands, and warm expressions of sympathy.
And, ere I begin, I must ask the reader to walk with me in all sympathy; and, since sympathy is merely understanding, begin by understanding me and whom and what I write about.
Sir Patrick assumed, if anything, less sympathy on this occasion than he really felt.
To this experience, also, may evidently be traced no small part of the intense sympathy with the oppressed poor, especially with helpless children, which is so prominent in his novels.