Empathy is defined as the ability to understand the thoughts feelings or emotions of someone else.(noun)
An example of empathy is feeling the same amount of excitment as a friend, when they tell you they're getting married.
See empathy in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < Gr empatheia, affection, passion < en-, in + pathos, feeling: used to transl. Ger einfühlung (< ein-, in + fühlung, feeling)
See empathy in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: + -pathy (translation of German Einfühlung).
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