[ em-puh-thee ]
/ ˈɛm pə θi /
the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.
the imaginative ascribing to an object, as a natural object or work of art, feelings or attitudes present in oneself: By means of empathy, a great painting becomes a mirror of the self.
Empathy vs. Sympathy: Which Word To Use And WhenThe terms empathy and sympathy are often confused and with good reason. Both of the words deal with the relationship a person has to the feelings and experiences of another person. So, let's explore the differences between these terms and how they are most commonly used.
Origin of empathy
SYNONYMS FOR empathy
1 See sympathy.
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British Dictionary definitions for empathies
/ (ˈɛmpəθɪ) /
the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person's feelingsSee also identification (def. 3b)
the attribution to an object, such as a work of art, of one's own emotional or intellectual feelings about it
Derived Formsempathist, noun
Word Origin for empathy
C20: from Greek empatheia affection, passion, intended as a rendering of German Einfühlung, literally: a feeling in; see en- ², -pathy
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Medicine definitions for empathies
[ ĕm′pə-thē ]
Direct identification with, understanding of, and vicarious experience of another person's situation, feelings, and motives.
The projection of one's own feelings or emotional state onto an object or animal.
Related formsem′pa•thet′ic (-thĕt′ĭk) null adj.
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Culture definitions for empathies
[ (em-puh-thee) ]
Identifying oneself completely with an object or person, sometimes even to the point of responding physically, as when, watching a baseball player swing at a pitch, one feels one's own muscles flex.
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