V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: an understanding of and identification with the emotions of another person

Synonyms: identification, understanding, compassion, sympathy

Antonyms: callousness

Tips: Both empathy and the related word sympathy come from the Greek word pathos, "emotion." To say you empathize with someone is to say you feel their pain or emotions. If you are empathetic, you "put yourself in someone's place" and try to understand exactly how they feel. As Atticus Finch said in To Kill a Mocking Bird, "You don't truly know a man unless you have walked a mile in his shoes." That is empathy.

Usage Examples:

Because she was once destitute herself, she has great empathy for the homeless. (compassion, sympathy)

As a nurse, she does more than offer medical care; she provides empathy and comfort as well. (understanding, compassion)

Experiencing the death of a close friend has allowed me to be more empathetic with other grieving people. (understanding) adjective

He seems like a cold and heartless man; he has no empathy for others. (compassion, sympathy)

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