Definition of empathy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈempəθi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈempəθi//
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the ability to understand another person’s feelings, experience, etc. empathy (with somebody/something) the writer’s imaginative empathy with his subject empathy (for somebody/something) empathy for other people’s situations empathy (between A and B) The empathy between the two women was obvious. Word Originearly 20th cent.: from Greek empatheia (from em- ‘in’ + pathos ‘feeling’) translating German Einfühlung.Extra examples She had a deep empathy with animals. The nurse should try to develop empathy between herself and the patient. Both authors have the skill to make you feel empathy with their heroines. It is important to develop the empathy between dogs and their handlers. She shows a lack of empathy for other people’s situations. the writer’s imaginative empathy with his subject
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: empathy