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Syllabification: em·pa·thy
Pronunciation: /ˈempəTHē

Definition of empathy in English:


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.


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



Pronunciation: /ˌempəˈTHetik/
Example sentences
  • We need a local management that understands the Scottish marketplace and is sensitive and empathetic to the concerns and aspirations of this country.
  • Alert, efficient and empathetic, a mother's mind is designed to make the species survive.
  • Fathers are not perceived as empathetic listeners in the same way that mothers are.


Pronunciation: /ˌempəˈTHetik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • She has found her pupils acting more empathetically towards each other, as well as aggressive and behavioural problems decreasing since she started massage in the classroom in 1998.
  • There can be discussion without participants responding empathetically to one another, but then it is discussion, not dialogue.
  • Second, he enters into the minds and hearts of ‘typical’ actors, empathetically recreating their motivations and the plausibility and significance of their actions.


Pronunciation: /emˈpaTHik/
Example sentences
  • It has been suggested that females are socialized to be more interpersonally sensitive and empathic.
  • The key turning point for most respondents was the empathic, nurturing support of a patient parent, boyfriend, or friend.
  • Such teachers were found to be consistently positive and empathic, and they demonstrated respect and concern for the students.


Pronunciation: /emˈpaTHik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • And then you have to listen empathically, without criticism.
  • Elsewhere I have described the self-centered and narrowly concrete view of the world that results from the failure to imagine empathically another's inner states, and its interpersonal consequences.
  • Properly taught, literature and history can cultivate the sympathetic imagination, the capacity to leave one's own world and empathically experience lives in other times and cultures.

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