empathic

adjective
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

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gave an empathic nod as I recounted my repeated efforts to land a decent-paying job in a tough economy
Recent Examples on the Web Maybe, just maybe, the narrative and empathic power of a game like The Last of Us Part II can move even its skeptics. Darryn King, Wired, "The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release," 10 June 2020 The zealous correction also may raise concerns about empathic ability. Kacy Vega, Quartz at Work, "Before pouncing on mispronouncing by your colleagues, read this," 4 Mar. 2020 Graves was empathic afterward about sharing a stat that stood out to him, mentioning that Stanford didn’t score a single point in transition. oregonlive, "Minyon Moore has her day, and Oregon celebrates a Pac-12 tournament championship with cupcake wars," 8 Mar. 2020 And museums also play a crucial role in creating a more empathic world. Anna Purna Kambhampaty, Time, "So You Can't Go to the Museum. But You Can Bring the Museum to You," 16 Mar. 2020 And yet Hanks — always an empathic, patient, warm onscreen presence — does appear singularly suited to take on the part, at least in director Marielle Heller’s vision. David Canfield, EW.com, "Tom Hanks knows you think he's the perfect guy to play Mister Rogers," 22 Nov. 2019 Despite the subject, the mood was light in the room, largely thanks to Jenkins' calm and empathic manner. Mark Kennedy, USA TODAY, "'Sesame Street' tackles parental addiction crisis in a way kids can understand," 10 Oct. 2019 In this poetic, empathic portrait of a place where ugliness and suffering have been hidden away Farrokhzad observes faces, limbs, hands, and feet grotesquely disfigured by the disease. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Doc Talk: Outcasts, deportees, crustaceans, grants," 1 Aug. 2019 Finally, if a child is very empathic and relates to the characters on the screen, then that child is going to be more frightened, and the fear may last much longer. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Why am I a scaredy-cat and you're not? The science of fright," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of empathic

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Empathic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empathic. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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empathic

adjective
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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