em·​path·​ic | \ em-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce empathic (audio) , 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 How to pronounce empathically (audio) , 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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Because of both nature and nurture, some children are slower to become empathic than others. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "How much empathy can I expect from a 5-year-old?," 12 June 2019 But in many ways, empathic individuals finish first: experiencing greater happiness, less stress and greater professional success. K.n.c., The Economist, "How to increase empathy and unite society," 7 June 2019 Strikingly, the average American in 2009 scored as less empathic than 75% of people in 1979. K.n.c., The Economist, "How to increase empathy and unite society," 7 June 2019 But there is something unique about Aggie that has produced this amazingly empathic, selfless woman. Derek Blasberg, WSJ, "How the Record-Breaking Sale of a Lichtenstein Painting Changed Agnes Gund’s Life," 31 Oct. 2018 Those filing into theaters this weekend to see the visual feast that is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be pleasantly surprised to meet Mantis, an awkward, bug-like creature with empathic capabilities. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pom Klementieff Is the Real Star of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," 5 May 2017 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

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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- How to pronounce empathic (audio) \

Medical Definition of empathic

: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy

Other Words from empathic

empathically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce empathically (audio) \ adverb

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