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  • n. One who has the ability to sense emotions; someone who is empathic or practises empathy.
  • n. A person with extra-sensory empathic ability, capable of sensing the emotions of others around them in a way unexplained by conventional science and psychology.


From empathy. (Wiktionary)



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  • I'll gratefully defer to anyone who knows more about sci-fi than I (that would be almost everyone), but in Star Trek, at least, it seems to imply a superhuman ability. I.e. not just run-of-the-mill human empathy (which is arguably in short supply anyhow), but a bit of mind-reading and actually (physically?) feeling another person's emotions.

    October 10, 2008

  • How would this word be different than simply "a person with or using empathy"?

    October 10, 2008