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*Sympatico*. Do you have a synonym?
When I used it to mean empathy or sympathy I was corrected by *One Who Taught The Course* and he knew. And it doesn't mean what I had thought and I had heard it used as if it did. Anyone?
asked in word usage, language, errors in speech



xoloriib answers:

simpatico

–adjective
congenial or like-minded; likable

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/simpatico


Supplement from 12/18/2008 09:51am:

Simpatico is an Italian word. My Italian is a little rusty but you will find the French Sympathique (also shortened to sympa) is the same.

http://www.mediadico.com/dictionnaire/francais-anglais/sympathique/1


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seacommander answers:

I suspect you mean the italian word spelt simpatico which means nice/likeable/pleasant. At least that's how my mother uses it and she's Italian.

http://dictionary.reverso.net/italian-english/simpatico/forced


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Poindexter answers:

Ingenious.


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P-Kasso answers:

Likeable - Friendly.

Which is probably why Simpatico in English has grown more to mean Caring? Which is a key characteristic of likeable and friendly people.


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