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 understand and relate to one's feelings.
Kyle felt empathy for Louis.
by DaBurrito April 23, 2016
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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?"
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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 esodoc August 5, 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.
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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 9, 2003
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Putting yourself in another person's shoes and treating them as you would to be treated. This is the opposite of a person who suffers from narcissism or other discriminatory personality traits.
Mike: You hear about that guy? He and his father must go to terrorist meetings.
Pat: Fuck that guy, I care zero about his health.
Rational Human Being: You guys should learn about empathy. They've probably experienced things in life you guys wouldn't even survive on your own. Being beat up and called a n*gger and sandn*gger as a child for one. Or suffering through injuries or chronic pain for over 17 years being the other.
Mike & Pat: Fuck that guy.
Rational Human Being; You guys don't get it. I'm sure there's a special place for you white privilege types.
by HappyToBeGone January 24, 2018
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