In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(pity)compasión femininelástima femininesympathy (for sb/sth)
- the unemployed need more than sympathy — los desocupados necesitan algo más que compasión / lástima
- I have some sympathy for the way she's been treated — en cierto modo la compadezco por la manera como la han tratado
- Well, as it happens, I have some sympathy with people who get caught with massive software development schemes that go wrong.
- Of course there can be nothing wrong with people wanting to show sympathy with the victims of terrorism.
- Reasonable walkers have sympathy with the plight of many farmers and have avoided walking on agricultural land.
- Our sympathy with soap characters is based on identification.
- The scene won no plaudits for the students, nor can it have done their case to create public sympathy with their cause any good.
- I have absolute sympathy with the friends and families of anyone that's suffered in anything like this.
- One can't help feeling sympathy with his plight, and admiration for the way he meets his end.
- Murillo is well known for his sympathy with his neighbours, the poor and distressed of Seville.
- Much of the play hinges on her credibility when disguised as Cesario, and on the audience's sympathy with her.
- The committee expressed sympathy with all the families who suffered bereavements during the year.
- From this side of the water, one can have some sympathy with that frustration.
- Unfortunately, Khouri appears to have little sympathy with those she fooled into believing her tales.
- I have considerable sympathy with Mr S on this aspect of the case.
- His family expressed sympathy with John's carer, who they said made ‘a minor mistake’.
- Flowers are an international symbol of our sorrow, sympathy, grief, and grace.
- Let me please say before I'm howled down in protest I do have every sympathy with the families and loved ones that grieve for them.
- The killings sparked a global wave of sympathy with most of the money distributed to those directly affected by the tragedy.
- I have sympathy with anyone who has suffered a burglary, but I fail to see how any of these alarms have much deterrent effect.
- A large number of teenagers visited the family to offer their sympathy with over seventeen signing a card.
- She had already sent two letters to staff and residents of the home expressing sympathy with the 14 elderly residents.
1.2(condolences)please accept this expression of our deepest sympathy or sympathies — le rogamos acepte nuestro más sentido pésame / nuestras más sinceras condolencias formal
- you have my deepest sympathy — mi más sentido pésame
- a letter of sympathy — una carta de pésame
- we called to offer our sympathies to his widow — fuimos a expresarle nuestras condolencias a la viuda
- The Minister met with the bereaved families and conveyed his sympathies to them.
- Our sympathies and condolences go to the victims of this incident and the people of London.
- In this case, one's sympathies go out to the performers who have a living to earn.
- My buddies expressed their sympathies, then started checking their own mirrors for warning signs.
- He spoke with Spain's Foreign Minister Ana de Palacio to convey the sympathies of everyone in Ireland.
- Our sympathies are with the injured and the relatives of the deceased.
- My sympathies are ever and always with the parents, in the full knowledge of how wrongheaded parents can be.
- We extend our deepest sympathies to all those who mourn her passing.
- Mr McDarby is anxious to send sympathies to the families of the bereaved.
- I send my sympathies to the two families involved, it's a shocking tragedy.
- Our sympathies are extended to his family and the Tyrone GAA fraternity.
- We extend our sympathies to her family and relatives and friends.
- Mr Blair extended his sympathies to the families of those who had died in the two huge suicide bombings, many of whom are likely to be British.
- To all his extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends, we extend our most sincere sympathies.
- The Ministers conveyed their sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured.
- Johnathan seems to have been a really good boy, into everything, and our deepest sympathies are with his family who are finding this very hard.
- His loss leaves a void in the community which will be difficult to replace and we tender our deepest sympathies to the bereaved.
- Through you, First Minister, I wish to convey my heartfelt sympathies to families and friends of all those killed and injured.
- My sympathies go to the patients involved in this case.
- Our condolences and sympathies go to the families of the Hon John Falloon and Jack Luxton.
2.1(support, approval)(strike/action) solidario(action/strike) de solidaridadI was in/out of sympathy with the majority — estaba/no estaba de acuerdo con la mayoría
- (go on strike to support) to come out in sympathy with sb — declararse en huelga en solidaridad con algn
- They were desperately trying to generate support and sympathy among people who hadn't formed an opinion on foxhunting.
- I have great sympathy with the many letters complaining about packaging of goods.
- An opinion poll last week showed there is widespread sympathy for the strikes.
- I am forced to conclude that their silence implies agreement, sympathy, or collusion.
- The tone is balanced, despite the author's sympathy for the causes of the disenfranchised.
- And many lower officers and constabulary had full sympathy with the marauding mobs.
- I have more sympathy with concerns about the ability of the infrastructure to support the new residents.
- Becoming America suggests that Butler has little sympathy with that hermeneutic view.
- We have considerable sympathy with the view the judge took.
- We are therefore obliged to look upon the arguments for affirmative action with sympathy and an open mind.
- Now when pensioners take to the streets, the press is full of sympathy and understanding.
- This group had ideological sympathy with commando operations against the Israelis.
- Crawford has some sympathy with this view and has taken steps to ensure customer service is paramount in branch staff's minds.
- Keegan deserves a moment of sympathy for his honest comments, but not much more than a moment.
- However, such a claim is unlikely to attract judicial sympathy for two reasons.
- Whilst I have every sympathy with his concerns, we have to present our pupils at test centres of their choice.
- I don't know what good it will do to stop the traffic on the M1 next Monday, but it may lose us a lot of sympathy with the public.
- The landed gentry had some sympathy with popular resentment of the activities of moneyed and mercantile entrepreneurs.
- If the comments did reflect any sympathy on his part for terrorism then clearly they were misdirected.
- While I have sympathy with this argument it is noticeable that no one is arguing to use the existing powers to their greatest effect.
2.2sympathies plural(loyalty, leanings)simpatías femininehis sympathies lay with the strikers — sus simpatías estaban con los huelguistas
- Republican/left-wing sympathies — tendencias republicanas/izquierdistas
- It quickly gained the support of the majority of people with nationalist sympathies.
- A Glasgow woman with wavering sympathies rejected the line ‘Scotland deserves better’.
- He also supports Glasgow Rangers, while he's also got Chelsea sympathies.
- Still, one might assume that there would be little if any doubt as to where feminist sympathies would lie.
- Even then, the book's sympathies are more with his foot-soldiers.
- It was a hard time because as the son of a miner you have sympathies for both sides.
- In both, secessionist sympathies are much wider than support for terrorism and have a much longer history.
- In this PC society we live in, it seems to me to be a Tabloid kind of a world where sensationalism and fashionable sympathies rule OK.
- Lash's political sympathies lie with the Agrarian Populists of 19th century America.
- Despite his old Labour sympathies, Stewart has been a consistent supporter of Blair.
- The truth is elusive and complex and Medem makes a concerted attempt to grasp it, while making plain his broad sympathies with the Basques.
- I liked him because he wrote well and because his contrarian position gave him broader sympathies.
- The only possible reason is anti-Semitism or Neo-Nazi sympathies.
- For a man with nationalist sympathies, he clearly shed few tears for the Prime Minister's plight.
- In any account of a siege, one's sympathies inevitably lie with the besieged.
- Forget where one's sympathies lie and ignore the truth or otherwise of a republican spy-ring at Stormont.
- The people made no secret of their Royalist sympathies, and he decided to leave a town ‘where he has few friends’.
- Though he wrote on the rulers, his sympathies lay with the people.
- The Duke of Windsor - for years held up as a romantic figure who abdicated for love - shared those sympathies.
- The plans also had the support of the Green Party, hardly known for their sympathies towards developers.
3.1(affinity, understanding)afinidad femininethere was some sympathy between them — había una cierta afinidad entre ellos
- He feels that he is receiving less than his share and that there is no one on whom he can rely for sympathy and understanding.
- Many are thankful for just that - human contact, acknowledgement, sympathy or whatever you can give.
- He listens politely and patiently to Dabii's request, with a smile of sympathy and understanding.
- Perhaps she has, in general, more sympathy with men than women?
- To receive, you must give, and not just in words and gestures but in true sympathy, understanding and commitment.
- They require not just constant attention and sympathy, but also understanding of their needs and thoughts.
- Her sympathy and understanding were great assets to the practice.
- Warmth, sympathy and understanding should cost nothing in any country.
- I was given a chance to go through some of the gawkiest stages of growing up in an atmosphere of sympathy and understanding.
- She reacted with sympathy and understanding, and Alex felt good about opening up to her.
- Understanding begins with sympathy - recognition of the shared human condition.
3.2(empathy, harmony)a profound sympathy with nature — una profunda empatía / armonía con la naturaleza
- he yawned in sympathy — se le contagió el bostezo
- coal prices fell in sympathy with oil — el precio del carbón cayó siguiendo la tendencia establecida por el precio del petróleo
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