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empathy

August 25, 2007


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em·pa·thy [em-puh-thee]

–noun

1. the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.
2. the imaginative ascribing to an object, as a natural object or work of art, feelings or attitudes present in oneself: By means of empathy, a great painting becomes a mirror of the self.

[Origin: 1900–05; < Greek empátheia affection, equiv. to em + path- (base of páschein to suffer)]

<Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/empathy>

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