1. Failure of attempted empathy.
2. The act of empathizing with another individual, but failing due to circumstances beyond your control.
I attempted to explain to my recent ex-girlfriend that I know how she feels in our situation, because I've been in the same position in the past. That attempathy backfired badly, because she thought I was measuring her against another past ex-girlfriend.
by DaHindenburg June 23, 2011

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