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empathy

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈempəθi/
the ability to imagine what it must be like to be in someone's situationEmpathy and sensitivitySympathy and compassion
empathize ( also UK -ise)
 
 
/ˈempəθaɪz/ verb [I]
to feel empathy with someone: I think people find it easy to empathize with the main character.Empathy and sensitivitySympathy and compassion
Translations of “empathy”
in Spanish empatía…
in Korean 공감…
in Arabic تَعاطُف…
in Portuguese empatia…
in Catalan empatia…
in Japanese 共感…
in Italian l’immedesimarsi (in situazioni altrui)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 同情, 同感,共鳴…
in Russian сопереживание…
in Turkish bir başkasıının duygularını anlayabilme, duygu sezgisi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 同情, 同感,共鸣…
in Polish empatia…
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