Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives. See Synonyms at pity. (noun)
The attribution of one's own feelings to an object. (noun)
Examples of word empathy
The term empathy first appeared in the work of a German psychologist, Theodore Lipps, toward the end of the nineteenth century.
For many conservatives, empathy is code for caring too much about, and being too soft on, woman and minorities.
It is legitimate to be afraid that empathy is code for results-oriented jurisprudence, but empathy does not have to be such a codeword.
GILLESPIE: Well, it was also consistent with President Obama's use of the phrase -- use of the term empathy, and it implied -- it played into a notion that this is going to be a judge who's going to have personal feelings play a role in judgment.
You know, I think this is a good conversation for us to be having, and for us to think about what President Obama meant when he used the term empathy, what it means for a judge to have empathy.