empathy


em·pa·thy

noun \ˈem-pə-thē\

: the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions : the ability to share someone else's feelings

Full Definition of EMPATHY

1
:  the imaginative projection of a subjective state into an object so that the object appears to be infused with it
2
:  the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also :  the capacity for this

Examples of EMPATHY

  1. He felt great empathy with the poor.
  2. His months spent researching prison life gave him greater empathy towards convicts.
  3. Poetic empathy understandably seeks a strategy of identification with victims … —Helen Vendler, New Republic, 5 May 2003

Origin of EMPATHY

Greek empatheia, literally, passion, from empathēs emotional, from em- + pathos feelings, emotion — more at pathos
First Known Use: 1850

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em·pa·thy

noun \ˈem-pə-thē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural em·pa·thies

Medical Definition of EMPATHY

1
: the imaginative projection of a subjective state into an object so that the object appears to be infused with it
2
: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for empathy

empathy

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ability to imagine oneself in another's place and understand the other's feelings, desires, ideas, and actions. The empathic actor or singer is one who genuinely feels the part he or she is performing. The spectator of a work of art or the reader of a piece of literature may similarly become involved in what he or she observes or contemplates. The use of empathy was an important part of the psychological counseling technique developed by Carl R. Rogers.

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