- Empathy is defined as the ability to understand the thoughts feelings or emotions of someone else.
An example of empathy is feeling the same amount of excitment as a friend, when they tell you they're getting married.
empathy definition by Webster's New World
- the projection of one's own personality into the personality of another in order to understand the person better; ability to share in another's emotions, thoughts, or feelings
- the projection of one's own personality into an object, with the attribution to the object of one's own emotions, responses, etc.
Origin: ; from Classical Greek empatheia, affection, passion ; from en-, in plush pathos, feeling: used to translated, translation German einfühlung (; from ein-, in plush fühlung, feeling)
empathy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives. See Synonyms at pity.
- The attribution of one's own feelings to an object.
Origin: en-2 + -pathy (translation of German Einfühlung).
empathy - Cultural Definition
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.
empathy - Medical Definition
- 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.
- empathetic , em·pathˈic adjective