em·path·ic | \em-ˈpa-thik, im-\

Definition of empathic 

: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy : empathetic It is also during early childhood that people begin experiencing empathic guilt—feeling distress when they have been the cause of someone else's discomfort.— Joseph Alper

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Other Words from empathic

empathically \em-ˈpa-thi-k(ə-)lē, im- \ adverb
listening empathically

Examples of empathic in a Sentence

gave an empathic nod as I recounted my repeated efforts to land a decent-paying job in a tough economy

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That’s the challenge that Ms. Thurber, the director Jackson Gay and their five-member cast are trying to overcome here, using the theater’s license for empathic eloquence to bridge the gaps among social strata. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Transfers’ and the Anguished Art of the College Interview," 23 Apr. 2018 Showing concern and being empathic is extremely important. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "If You Think a Friend Might Be Suicidal, Ask," 8 June 2018 The two plot streams flow together through surreal visitations by ancestors and the Angel and very real encounters with Cohn, an empathic but tough-minded male nurse and a sternly loving mother, among others. Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Angels,’ a once-prescient masterpiece, returns to its Bay Area birthplace," 15 Apr. 2018 But miraculously American Animals manages to have the pace and tension of a thriller and the empathic fascination of true-crime journalism. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "True Crime Meets Male Entitlement in the Electrifying American Animals," 31 May 2018 Even if the adversaries at a summit are not empathetic, an empathic mediator can make the crucial difference in bridging two foes who are unable to see the other’s point of view. Marcus Holmes, Washington Post, "Trump canceled the summit with North Korea. Here’s the real missed opportunity.," 24 May 2018 This stone also aids in facilitating deep communication: verbal, empathic, emotional, and artistic. Lilli Sherman, Bon Appetit, "There's a Crystal For That: A Highly Specific Guide," 30 Apr. 2018 Often a wise, warm, empathic onscreen presence, the 58-year-old Ms. Janney as LaVona was caustic and cruel, and almost upstaged by the pet bird that sat on her shoulder, pecking at her, for one extended, wickedly funny scene. Cara Buckley, New York Times, "Our Expert Predicts the Oscar Winners," 1 Mar. 2018 In the first year of her study, the boys proved to be nimble in their relationships: attentive, authentic, direct, empathic. Michael Reichert, The Atlantic, "Male Violence Is Everywhere," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of empathic

1909, in the meaning defined above

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em·path·ic | \em-ˈpath-ik, im- \

Medical Definition of empathic 

: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy

Other Words from empathic

empathically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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