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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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Empathy is like sympathy but suggests an even closer relationship.
Sympathetic people try to be understanding and compassionate, but people who have empathy feel that they are inside someone else's mind and emotional being, feel that they are the other person for a while. They live with and share the other's joy, sorrow, pain, fear, love. Readers are often empathetic toward (identify with") one or more fictional characters.
by Luddz June 06, 2015
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