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empathy

Syllabification: em·pa·thy
Pronunciation: /ˈempəTHē
 
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Definition of empathy in English:

noun

The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Example sentences
  • Such a metaphor betrays a complete lack of understanding, of empathy with Victorian culture.
  • There is a frightening lack of empathy and of understanding of the condition of the elderly.
  • A little bit of empathy and understanding might go a long way in making their life easier.

Origin

early 20th century: from Greek empatheia (from em- 'in' + pathos 'feeling') translating German Einfühlung.

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