Definitions for Empathyˈɛm pə θi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
em•pa•thy*ˈɛm pə θi(n.)
the identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, etc., of another.
the imaginative ascribing to an object of one's feelings or attitudes.
* Syn: See sympathy.
Origin of empathy:
1904; < Gk empátheia affection (see em -2, -pathy )
understanding and entering into another's feelings
the intellectual identification of the thoughts, feelings, or state of another person
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.
a paranormal ability to psychically read another person's emotions
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.
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
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)
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