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Pronunciation: em'pa-the


  1. The ability to sense intellectually and emotionally the emotions, feelings, and reactions that another person is experiencing and to communicate that understanding to the person effectively.
  2. The anthropomorphization or humanization of objects and the feeling of oneself as being in and part of them.

[G. en (em), in, + pathos, feeling]

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