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[em-puh-thet-ik] /ˌɛm pəˈθɛt ɪk/
of, relating to, or characterized by empathy, the psychological identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of others:
a sensitive, empathetic school counselor.
Also, empathic
[em-path-ik] /ɛmˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA)
Origin of empathetic
First recorded in 1930-35; empath(y) + -etic
Related forms
empathetically, empathically, adverb
nonempathic, adjective
nonempathically, adverb
Can be confused
empathetic, sympathetic, simpatico. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • What in blazes is an empathetic—and how do you recognize it when you have found it?

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • A dead man had taught him how to train his empathetic sense, and to trust it.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Ihjel had helped him train his empathetic sense and he reached out with it.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • It enfolded his consciousness, tenderly, protectingly, empathetic.

    Riya's Foundling Algirdas Jonas Budrys
  • The empathetic is always aware of this constant and silent surge, whether he makes the effort to understand it or not.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
Word Origin and History for empathetic

1932, in psychology, from empathy on model of sympathetic and to distinguish it from empathic. Related: Empathetically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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