empathetic

[ em-puh-thet-ik ]
/ ˌɛm pəˈθɛt ɪk /

adjective

of, relating to, or characterized by empathy, the psychological identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of others: a sensitive, empathetic school counselor.

Nearby words

  1. emp,
  2. emp.,
  3. empale,
  4. empanada,
  5. empanel,
  6. empathic,
  7. empathise,
  8. empathize,
  9. empathy,
  10. empedocles

Also em·path·ic [em-path-ik] /ɛmˈpæθ ɪk/.

Origin of empathetic

First recorded in 1930–35; empath(y) + -etic

Related formsem·pa·thet·i·cal·ly, em·path·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·em·path·ic, adjectivenon·em·path·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confusedempathetic sympathetic simpatico

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Word Origin and History for empathetic

empathetic

adj.

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

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