What does empathy mean?

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ˈɛm pə θiem·pa·thy

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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.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2017  

How to pronounce empathy?

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How to say empathy in sign language?

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  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

Examples of empathy in a Sentence

  1. Cometan:

    Empathy is the greatest good of all.

  2. Lance Armstrong:

    This is why I have a ton of empathy and respect for you.

  3. Meryl Streep:

    The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.

  4. Laurie Drill-Mellum:

    Empathy training is naturally self-rewarding, it gives [doctors] the love back.

  5. Vladimir Berezhnoy:

    Despite long distances, we feel empathy and mourn the death of innocent people.

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