Noun sympathy has 3 senses
  1. sympathy, understanding - an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion; "his sympathies were always with the underdog"; "I knew I could count on his understanding"
    --1 is a kind of inclination, disposition, tendency
    Derived forms: verb sympathize2, verb sympathise3
  2. sympathy, fellow feeling - sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
    --2 is a kind of feeling
    --2 has particulars:
     concern; kindheartedness; compassion, compassionateness; commiseration, pity, ruth, pathos; compatibility, rapport; empathy
    Derived form: verb sympathize3
  3. sympathy - a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other; "the two of them were in close sympathy"
    --3 is a kind of
    affinity, kinship
    --3 has particulars: mutual understanding, mutual affection
    Derived forms: verb sympathize1, verb sympathise1