em·​path ˈem-ˌpath How to pronounce empath (audio)
: 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 painK. 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

Examples of empath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both HSPs and empaths benefit from setting boundaries and creating space for restorative alone time. Jessica Migala, Health, 26 Mar. 2024 All empaths are HSPs, but not all HSPs are empaths. Jessica Migala, Health, 26 Mar. 2024 The appeal to prestige rock’s premier empath worked: The footage from that consequential 13-minute meet-up is fascinating. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2024 The same can be said for the Selma director, who diligently chronicles the author’s quest for unifying theories without warring with her own inner dramatist, empath, and/or creative sound-and-vision artist. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 17 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, a fresh-from-her-Oscar-win Michelle Yeoh beautifully navigates a crucial but sometimes invisible line between empath and charlatan in her limited screen time as Mrs. Reynolds. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 9 Sep. 2023 To figure out what's going on, the HGTV star took him to see an animal empath—and ended up getting a heartbreaking assessment that her family is determined to remedy. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 7 July 2023 Pom Klementieff, who audiences probably saw earlier in the summer as the warm and delightful empath Mantis in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, shows up here as a character known only as Paris. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 17 July 2023 Meanwhile, identifying as an empath takes the sensitivity aspect of feeling an outsider’s emotions to another level — an empath absorbs it. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of empath was in 1956

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“Empath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empath. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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