What does empathy mean?

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ˈɛm pə θiem·pa·thy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. empathynoun

    understanding and entering into another's feelings

Wiktionary

  1. empathynoun

    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. empathynoun

    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. empathynoun

    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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  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. Andy Hines:

    It was a very interesting experience for me just in terms of empathy and my general point of view, it was an emotionally charged experience, for sure.

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    The karmic web of life is an energetic web of empathy, like a web of socialization, where hypocrisy is like a formal politeness of two-faced indifference.

  3. Padma Lakshmi:

    I really got close to Anthony Bourdain after the birth of my daughter, i may have even been a bit intimidated by Anthony Bourdain before that. I think Anthony Bourdain could see what I was dealing with and juggling. And Anthony Bourdain had a lot of empathy for that.

  4. Tom Perez:

    Voters across the country trust Joe Biden because he understands what they're going through, his own experiences ... have given him the empathy to lead us forward. Voters know when you're genuine and they know when you're full of it. Only one candidate in this race has the genuine empathy voters are looking for.

  5. Ayanna Pressley:

    The remarks from the occupant of our White House --I will always refer to him as the occupant as he is only occupying space, and does not embody the grace, the empathy, the compassion, the integrity that that office requires and that the American people deserve.

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