What does Empathy mean?

Definitions for Empathyˈɛm pə θi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. empathy(noun)

    understanding and entering into another's feelings


  1. empathy(Noun)

    the intellectual identification of the thoughts, feelings, or state of another person

  2. empathy(Noun)

    capacity to understand another person's point of view or the result of such understanding

    She had a lot of empathy for her neighbor; she knew what it was like to lose a parent too.

  3. empathy(Noun)

    a paranormal ability to psychically read another person's emotions

  4. Origin: A twentieth-century borrowing of ἐμπάθεια (formed from ἐν + πάθος), coined by Edward Bradford Titchener to translate German Einfühlung. The modern Greek word has an opposite meaning denoting strong negative feelings and prejudice against someone.


  1. Empathy

    Empathy is the capacity to recognize emotions that are being experienced by another sentient or fictional being. One may need to have a certain amount of empathy before being able to experience accurate sympathy or compassion. The English word was coined in 1909 by the psychologist Edward B. Titchener in an attempt to translate the German word "Einfühlungsvermögen", a new phenomenon explored at the end of 19th century mainly by philosopher Theodor Lipps. It was later re-translated into the German language as "Empathie", and is still in use there.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Empathy

    An individual's objective and insightful awareness of the feelings and behavior of another person. It should be distinguished from sympathy, which is usually nonobjective and noncritical. It includes caring, which is the demonstration of an awareness of and a concern for the good of others. (From Bioethics Thesaurus, 1992)

Editors Contribution

  1. empathy

    The ability to intuitively feel, know and understand what another person, collective or group is feeling and to listen and understand their feeling, emotion, experience, intention, perception, perspective and response with respect for the individual, collective or group.

    Empathy is a beautiful human attribute and quality that we choose for all of humanity to have and it is vital to the achievement of peace on earth.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Empathy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Empathy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Caroline Sapriel:

    Fernandes sounds authentic and credible, he is looking after the priorities the families. He is showing a lot of empathy. He is using many channels to put that across.

  2. Christopher Dearborn:

    I think the real value in that may be to start to try to generate even a little bit of empathy around this and humanize the kid a little bit, hopefully enough to save a life.

  3. Jeffrey Mogil:

    In some sense, we've figured out what to do about increasing empathy as a practical matter, we've figured out what stops it from happening and, therefore, the solution to make it happen more between strangers.

  4. Cricket Australia:

    I know for many people, seven days doesn't seem too far away but in other ways it is a million miles away. We will get there when we can, i've got to say that (the Indian cricket board's) understanding and empathy has been absolutely outstanding.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Effective Leadership ought to be strongly linked with Empathy, i.e. understanding and caring compassionately for the needs of those who are most affected by your leadership, Leaders are born out of bright light of compassion and empathy, while the bosses are born out of cold careless darkness that lacks empathy.

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