What does empathy mean?

Definitions for empathy
ˈɛm pə θiem·pa·thy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. empathy(noun)

    understanding and entering into another's feelings

Wiktionary

  1. empathy(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  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.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. empathy(Noun)

    a paranormal ability to psychically read another person's emotions

    Etymology: 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.

Freebase

  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 a person, collective or group is feeling and to listen and understand their feeling, experience, intention, perception, perspective and respond with a sense of unity, ethics, morality, privacy, respect and what is just and fair for everyone.

    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  

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Numerology

  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. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Power can change people, no matter how infinitesimally smallest dose of power it may be. It's a too common observation that people, after receiving power, often lose their feelings of empathy and respect, and start to distance themselves from their subordinates, not realizing that power is almost always transitory. In my view, the true color and character of a person are revealed only by the manner in which she/he handles power.

  2. Vladimir Berezhnoy:

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

  3. Erik Pevernagie:

    The more we are attentive and mindful, the more we can understand and show empathy. We need not, so therefore, bother about regret and remorse, later on. . ( “Island of regret. Island of remorse” )

  4. Donald Trump:

    He treats Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló as second class citizens, that's for sure, and my consideration is I just want the opportunity to explain to him why the data and information he's getting is wrong. I don't think getting into a kicking and screaming match with the President does any good. I don't think anyone can beat the President in a kicking and screaming match. What I am aiming to do is make sure reason prevails, that empathy prevails, that equality prevails, and that we can have a discussion.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Empathy is an important prerequisite for good leadership. Leaders should always make every effort to understand the challenges faced by their followers, so that the leader can become an integral part of the elegant solution to the problem - if not, the leader may become part of the problem as an unintended consequence of her/his non-actions. Empathy is a great quality ans an excellent asset for Effective People Leadership,

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