Etymology: A twentieth-century borrowing of Ancient Greek á (empatheia), literally "passion" (formed from - en-, "in, at" + pathos "feeling"), coined by w:Rudolf Lotze, Rudolf Lotze to translate German Einfíhlung. The modern Greek word has an opposite meaning denoting strong negative feelings and prejudice against someone.
- the intellectual identification of the thoughts, feelings, or state of another person
- capacity to understand another person's point of view or the result of such understanding
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