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 understand and relate to one's feelings.
Kyle felt empathy for Louis.
by DaBurrito April 23, 2016
Being tuned in to the needs and feelings of another person
Louise Belcher on empathy: "What is this feeling I'm feeling right now? It's like I'm sad, for another person. Is that a thing?"
by America Lover 🇺🇸 November 17, 2018
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 esodoc August 5, 2011
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 9, 2010
Seeing things from another persons perspective, and putting oneself into thier position.
He could empathise with his friends loss.
by Austin November 9, 2003
One of our human weaknesses and one of the contributing factors to today's conformism. Something that tears us down and brings past memories to the surface through a vicarious experience.
"I empathize with your loss of tea, but that's your problem not mine. My empathy only adds to the prevalence of the matter."
by sexy miner January 20, 2015