Meaning of empathy

em•pa•thy

Pronunciation: (em'pu-thē), [key]
— n.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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