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Primary emotion Secondary emotions Tertiary emotions
Sadness Disappointment Disappointment • Dismay • Displeasure
Neglect Alienation • Defeat • Dejection • Embarrassment • Homesickness • Humiliation • Insult • Insecurity • Isolation • Loneliness • Neglect • Rejection
Sadness Depression • Despair • Grief • Gloom • Glumness • Hopelessness • Melancholy • Misery • Sadness • Sorrow • Unhappiness • Woe
Shame Guilt • Shame • Regret • Remorse
Suffering Agony • Anguish • Hurt • Suffering
Sympathy Pity, Sympathy

Other primary emotions: AngerFearJoyLoveSurprise



Sympathy is a social affinity in which one person stands with another person, closely understanding his or her feelings. Also known as empathic concern, it is the feeling of compassion or concern for another, the wish to see them better off or happier. Although empathy and sympathy are often used interchangeably, a subtle variation in ordinary usage can be detected. To empathize is to respond to another's perceived emotional state by experiencing feelings of a similar sort. Sympathy not only includes empathizing, but also entails having a positive regard or a non-fleeting concern for the other person.

In common usage, sympathy is usually making known one's understanding of another's unhappiness or suffering, especially when it is grief. Sympathy can also refer to being aware of other (positive) emotions as well. In a broader sense, it can refer to the sharing of political or ideological sentiments, such as in the phrase "a communist sympathizer".

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Pity evokes a tender or sometimes slightly contemptuous sorrow or empathy for people, a person, or an animal in misery, pain, or distress. People who have previously experienced the pain or misfortune in question may feel greater pity.

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