NounEmpathy (countable and uncountable; plural empathies)
- the intellectual identification of the thoughts, feelings, or state of another person
- capacity to understand another person's point of view or the result of such understanding
accent, accentuation, accord, accordance, affinity, agape, agreement, allergy, amity, anaphylaxis, appreciation, attention, bonds of harmony, brotherly love, caring, caritas, cement of friendship, charity, chord, communion, community, community of interests, compassion, compatibility, comprehension, concern, concord, concordance, congeniality, considerateness, correspondence, delicacy, echo, emphasis, esprit, esprit de corps, exquisiteness, feeling of identity, fellow feeling, fellowship, fineness, force, frictionlessness, good vibes, good vibrations, happy family, harmony, hyperesthesia, hyperpathia, hypersensitivity, identification, identity, insistence, involvement, irritability, kinship, like-mindedness, love, mutuality, nervousness, oneness, oversensibility, oversensitiveness, overtenderness, passibility, pathos, peace, perceptiveness, perceptivity, photophobia, prickliness, rapport, rapprochement, reciprocity, relating, response, responsiveness, sensitiveness, sensitivity, sensitization, sharing, solidarity, soreness, stress, supersensitivity, sympathetic chord, sympathetic response, sympathy, symphony, tact, tactfulness, team spirit, tenderness, tetchiness, thin skin, ticklishness, touchiness, understanding, union, unison, unity, vibes, vibrations, warmth, weight
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 has an opposite meaning denoting strong negative feelings and prejudice against someone.