A Sympathetic person feels bad for EVERYONE. Including people who don't even deserve sympathy, like murderers on death-row. They have sympathy, and are pathetic.
Mom: (reading news paper) "Aww! that poor Richard Richard Heene !"
Son: "Mom! that freak was playing America! we were all running around, trying to keep his brat alive!"
Mom: "I know, but all he was trying to do was get a little show."
Son: "God mom. You are so sympathetic."