Seeing things from another persons perspective, and putting oneself into thier position.
He could empathise with his friends loss.
by Austin November 09, 2003
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1. The ability to identify with and understand somebody else's feelings or difficulties.

2. The transfer of somebody's own feelings and emotions to an object such as a painting.

1. Just someone who is very understanding or an empath.
2. Someone who puts his feelings in art.
by Jafje April 10, 2007
The ability to feel what another being feels; something that's sorely lacking in modern life.
Teenagers seem to think lacking empathy makes them "cool."
by Webb Davis October 31, 2010
The ability to recognize, comprehend, appreciate the feelings of others. In other words, it`s the ability to "read" emotionally people`s minds.
The reason why people like you it`s because you really show empathy when listening to them.
by Savior_Crow October 08, 2010
Or Empathetic Understanding, is the ability to intuit the emotional experiencing of another because one has, at one point or another, experienced the same thing oneself.

Sympathy is thinking about someone, but empathy is actually "Knowing" the emotion the person is experiencing, or going through.... having gone though the same emotion oneself.
When I see a fat child, being made fun of, I "know" how he or she is feeling, because I felt the exact same emotion when I was young - my "knowing" is empathy.

When I see a parent pulling a little child who's legs are exhausted, and the child is crying with pain, I "know" what that child is experiencing. I experience empathy for that child.
by Docjp August 05, 2011
The ability to be able to feel what another person feels, whether you've been in their position or not.
When Morgan told me about what her dad did to her, I had a hard time keeping from crying. I had a lot of empathy for her.
by The Guest February 07, 2010
putting yourself in other peoples shoes. important if you are to understand what other people are feeling. kurt cobain used it alot. hes a dude. well was *sniff* bless the guy.
"i know how you feel" - they have empathy
by lesbian seagull November 19, 2003
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