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empathy

noun em·pa·thy \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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empathy

noun em·pa·thy \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

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