Empathy is a distinctly human capability.
They have empathy for the evacuees who were displaced by the flood.
An example of empathy is feeling the same amount of excitment as a friend, when they tell you they're getting married.
She had a lot of empathy for her neighbor; she knew what it was like to lose a parent too.
Other Word Forms
Origin of empathy
- en– –pathy (translation of German Einfühlung)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- A twentieth-century borrowing of Ancient Greek ἐμπάθεια (empatheia, literally “passion”) (formed from ἐν (en-, “in, at”) + πάθος (pathos, “feeling”)), coined by Edward Bradford Titchener to translate German Einfühlung. The modern Greek word εμπάθεια (empátheia) has an opposite meaning denoting strong negative feelings and prejudice against someone.