One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Sarah touched his arm in sympathy’
commiseration, pity, condolence, consolation, comfort, solace, support, encouragement
compassion, caring, concern, solicitude, solicitousness, empathy
consideration, kindness, kind-heartedness, tender-heartedness, tenderness, warmth, warm-heartedness
2‘they might publicize John's case out of sympathy with a fellow journalist’
rapport, fellow feeling, affinity, empathy, harmony, accord, compatibility
closeness, friendship, fellowship, togetherness, camaraderie, communion
3‘their sympathy with the Republicans’
agreement, harmony, favour, approval, approbation, support, encouragement, goodwill, commendation, partiality
association, alignment, affiliation
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