em·​path | \ ˈem-ˌpath How to pronounce empath (audio) \

Definition of empath

: one who experiences the emotions of others : a person who has empathy for others Lucas didn't need to be an empath to understand that the twist to Jason's voice was fury, grief, and pain— K. M. Ruiz If you feel the Earth's pain before an earthquake or have a panic attack because someone near you is anxious, you might be an empath too.— Hannah Ewens

First Known Use of empath

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for empath

from empath- (in empathy, empathetic), taken as an agent noun probably by analogy with telepath

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“Empath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empath. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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