from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives. See Synonyms at pity.
- n. The attribution of one's own feelings to an object.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the intellectual identification of the thoughts, feelings, or state of another person
- n. capacity to understand another person's point of view or the result of such understanding
- n. a paranormal ability to psychically read another person's emotions
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. understanding and entering into another's feelings
en-2 + -pathy (translation of German Einfühlung).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 has an opposite meaning denoting strong negative feelings and prejudice against someone. (Wiktionary)