Meaning of “empathy” in the English Dictionary

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"empathy" in English

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empathynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈem.pə.θi/ us /ˈem.pə.θi/

Examples from literature

  • Part of it may not be empathy, but simply be precaution and an insurance for the event of personal misfortune. 
  • Some of the settlers had empathy with the dolphins to a high degree, but Ross's own powers of contact were relatively feeble. 

(Definition of “empathy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"empathy" in American English

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empathynoun [ U ]

us /ˈem·pə·θi/

the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation:

He loves children and has a certain empathy with them.

(Definition of “empathy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)