empathy vs sympathy

empathy sympathy

Definitions

  • 1) parapsychology, science fiction a paranormal ability to psychically read another person's emotions
  • 2) the intellectual identification of the thoughts, feelings, or state of another person
  • 3) capacity to understand another person's point of view or the result of such understanding
  • 4) The ability to identify with or understand another's situation or feelings: synonym: pity.
  • 5) The attribution of one's own feelings to an object.
  • 6) understanding and entering into another's feelings

Definitions

  • 1) A feeling of pity or sorrow for the suffering or distress of another; compassion.
  • 2) The ability to share the feelings of another;
  • 3) A mutual relationship between people or things such that they are correspondingly affected by any condition.
  • 4) A tendency to support a position or opinion.
  • 5) A feeling of pity or sorrow for the distress of another; commiseration. synonym: pity.
  • 6) Physiology A relation between parts or organs by which a disease or disorder in one induces an effect in the other.
  • 7) Physics A relation between bodies such that vibrations in one body cause sympathetic vibrations in another.
  • 8) An expression of such feeling.
  • 9) A relationship or affinity between things in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other.
  • 10) Mutual understanding or feeling between people.
  • 11) Agreement with or support for an opinion or position.
  • 12) The influence of a certain psychological state in one person in producing a like state in another.
  • 13) The reciprocal influence exercised by organs or parts on one another, as shown in the effects of a diseased condition of one part on another part or organ, as in the vomiting produced by a tumor of the brain.
  • 14) An agreement of affections or inclinations, or a conformity of natural temperament, which causes persons to be pleased, or in accord, with one another.
  • 15) Similarity of function, use office, or the like.
  • 16) Feeling corresponding to that which another feels; the quality of being affected by the affection of another, with feelings correspondent in kind, if not in degree; fellow-feeling.
  • 17) rare A tendency of inanimate things to unite, or to act on each other.
  • 18) Kindness of feeling toward one who suffers; pity; commiseration; compassion.
  • 19) a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other
  • 20) sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
  • 21) Affinity, harmony.
  • 22) Feeling identical with or resembling that which another feels; the quality or state of being affected with feelings or emotions corresponding in kind if not in degree to those which another experiences: said of pleasure or pain, but especially of the latter; fellow-feeling; commiseration; compassion.
  • 23) Physical action at a distance (so used by old writers against astrology, who argue that the influence of the stars is not physical sympathy and not moral sympathy, and therefore does not exist at all): as, the sympathy between the lodestone and iron.
  • 24) In acoustics, the fact, condition, or result of such a relation between two vibratile bodies that when one is thrown into vibration the other tends to vibrate in a similar or related way, in consequence of the vibrations communicated to it through the air or some other medium.
  • 25) In physiology and pathology: That state of an organ or a tissue which has a certain relation to the condition of another organ or tissue in health and disease; a related state of the vital manifestations or actions in different organs or tissues, such that when one part is excited or affected others are also affected; that relation of the organs and parts of a living body to each other whereby a disordered condition of one part induces more or less disorder in another part: as, for example, the pain in the brow caused by taking a draught of cold water into the stomach, the pain in the right shoulder arising from disease of the liver, or the irritation and vomiting produced by a tumor of the brain.
  • 26) The influence which the physiological or pathological state of one individual has in producing the same or an analogous state in another at the same time or in rapid succession, as exemplified in the hysterical convulsions which affect a number of women on seeing one of their companions suffering from hysteria, or the yawning produced by seeing an other yawn.
  • 27) An agreement of affections or inclinations, or a conformity of natural disposition which makes two persons agreeable each to the other; mutual or reciprocal inclination or affection; sympathetic interest: in this sense commonly followed by with: as, to have sympathy with a person in his hopes, aspirations, or aims.
  • 28) Tosympathize.

Examples

  • 1) She had great empathy with horses and an understanding of what she was asking them to do.
  • 2) He was booked for showing frustration, which showed a lack of understanding and maybe empathy.
  • 3) Somehow moving to a place of empathy and understanding with each other, that’s what is going to save us.
  • 4) It's that lack of understanding and empathy with each other as big power players that is a risk to us all at the moment.
  • 5) Perhaps a bit like Stockholm syndrome, where hostages feel empathy and love towards their captors.
  • 6) Does a referee have to have a little bit more empathy because you have guys who are out on a Tuesday and Thursday and enjoy their rugby.
  • 7) We have a great gift for empathy.
  • 8) That warmth of true empathy makes us feel less alone.
  • 9) Who displays empathy when others share struggles?
  • 10) Yet he has little empathy with his characters or their times.
  • 11) The denial of empathy benefits no one.
  • 12) My dad was a very tolerant man and had great empathy with people.
  • 13) It is impossible not to feel intense empathy with these athletes.
  • 14) His empathy is one of his advantages.
  • 15) He had a great empathy with horses and was a people person as well.
  • 16) But one can take empathy too far.
  • 17) As human beings we are supposed to be caring and to feel empathy for one another.
  • 18) The lack of empathy we feel for the rest of the cast is the cost of the uncompromising execution of the idea.
  • 19) This is a generation fast losing its ability to show empathy, goes the argument.
  • 20) We see similar behaviour in chimpanzees and elephants Emotional empathy is not exclusive to humans.
  • 21) So why does he have such little empathy for Trott?
  • 22) She has loads of friends - empathy and understanding come naturally to her.
  • 23) He has little "empathy"; he makes demands.
  • 24) And a little empathy wouldn't go amiss.
  • 25) I hope people the country over watch this and feel some empathy.
  • 26) He has an effortless empathy; an understanding earned by one who has walked a long way in their shoes.
  • 27) Still less that I would think he was displaying empathy and emotional intelligence.
  • 28) The term empathy first appeared in the work of a German psychologist, Theodore Lipps, toward the end of the nineteenth century.
  • 29) It is legitimate to be afraid that empathy is code for results-oriented jurisprudence, but empathy does not have to be such a codeword.
  • 30) GILLESPIE: Well, it was also consistent with President Obama's use of the phrase -- use of the term empathy, and it implied -- it played into a notion that this is going to be a judge who's going to have personal feelings play a role in judgment.
  • 31) You know, I think this is a good conversation for us to be having, and for us to think about what President Obama meant when he used the term empathy, what it means for a judge to have empathy.
  • 32) For many conservatives, empathy is code for caring too much about, and being too soft on, woman and minorities.
  • 33) "I do not think it correct to use the term 'empathy' as the ability to gauge someone's feelings from a picture," said Dr. Kent Holtorf, founder of Holtorf Medical Group, which has offices in Foster City, Calif., Torrance, Calif. and St. Joseph, Mo.
  • 34) His confession reveals that while in the past the Living Constitution's acolytes sought to achieve the amorphous goals of "social justice, brotherhood, and human dignity," a President Obama will feed the beast with what's left of individual rights and limited government, all in the name of "empathy" - a code word for something much darker: sacrifice of true constitutionalism to the needs of society's perceived victims
  • 35) His confession reveals that while in the past the Living Constitution's acolytes sought to achieve the amorphous goals of "social justice, brotherhood, and human dignity," a President Obama will feed the beast with what's left of individual rights and limited government, all in the name of "empathy" -- a code word for something much darker: sacrifice of true constitutionalism to the needs of society's perceived victims
  • 36) I believe his new founded interest in them was what they call empathy?
  • 37) ‘Such a metaphor betrays a complete lack of understanding, of empathy with Victorian culture.’
  • 38) ‘There is a frightening lack of empathy and of understanding of the condition of the elderly.’
  • 39) ‘A little bit of empathy and understanding might go a long way in making their life easier.’
  • 40) ‘It is easy to understand the natural empathy between a Prime Minister and a top football manager.’
  • 41) ‘Nothing was done for effect, he was incredibly generous, talented and showed great empathy.’
  • 42) ‘He has no empathy with, or sympathy for, this officer who has children to think about.’
  • 43) ‘Among the violence, there are also moments of empathy and humanity, which shine out like a beacon.’
  • 44) ‘That almost supernatural talent for empathy was his greatest political gift.’
  • 45) ‘She had no hidden agenda, no axe to grind, just great empathy and overwhelming sympathy.’
  • 46) ‘The money will be used to fund an initiative designed to help offenders develop empathy with their victims.’
  • 47) ‘I was a few paces on before I even considered my selfishness and lack of empathy.’
  • 48) ‘Because we have that empathy, we are good at sympathetically guiding and advising.’
  • 49) ‘It was an act, first and foremost, of solidarity with the victims and of empathy with their families.’
  • 50) ‘All art criticism is necessarily subjective, but such complete empathy with an artist is rare.’
  • 51) ‘The use of touch with reflexology breaks down barriers and establishes empathy.’
  • 52) ‘I feel a degree of empathy for the man held hostage, and for his family.’
  • 53) ‘Finally, proximity makes for empathy and justifies the inevitable risks for intervention.’
  • 54) ‘Her experiences gave her a sense of empathy and responsibility, she says.’
  • 55) ‘Often politicians are accused of having no powers of empathy whatsoever.’
  • 56) ‘People here have a warm way of showing empathy but at the same time respecting your private grief.’

Examples

  • 1) So there ought to have been mutual sympathy and understanding.
  • 2) You have the right mix of toughness and sympathy to help a relative.
  • 3) Try to get him to talk by showing sympathy.
  • 4) They need all our support and sympathy.
  • 5) The stars of the show were quick to express their sympathy.
  • 6) There is some natural sympathy between the idea of personal independence and the idea of coalition.
  • 7) IT'S an odd way to seek sympathy for a strike.
  • 8) Most of those who commented were themselves in this age group and felt considerable sympathy.
  • 9) Mutual sympathy on the early death of their fathers to lung cancer brought them together.
  • 10) They gave me genuine sympathy and concrete help.
  • 11) He shows no sympathy and much malice.
  • 12) They also said that they had been overwhelmed by the public support and sympathy they had received.
  • 13) Or that the two sons struggle to express sympathy with the bereaved.
  • 14) It also signals to those around you that you need their sympathy or help.
  • 15) There will be a huge groundswell of support and sympathy.
  • 16) Only a few noble souls express sympathy or outrage.
  • 17) Not exactly cause for sympathy, then.
  • 18) Somehow, a cantankerous rush to judgement is accompanied all the way by sympathy and insight.
  • 19) Both are young centre backs who have been forced to play out of position on the flanks and are deserving of considerable sympathy.
  • 20) To expect the victim's family to show sympathy and understanding is outrageous.
  • 21) No longer would affection or personal sympathy cement such bonds: now they derived from shared financial interest.
  • 22) Some playwrights aim to shock their audiences into sympathy for new ideas, though they tend to play to audiences already on side.
  • 23) I'm not entirely convinced by the mutual warmth or sympathy of the presenters.
  • 24) My Soul maintains a sense of decorum by expressing affection and sympathy for his former wife, not bitterness.
  • 25) Some play on the image of the troubled and traumatized veteran, even using it to win sympathy from a judge or jury.
  • 26) It is my belief that she is trying to gain sympathy from the Republican conservative base, as the "poor Sarah, everyone picks on me."
  • 27) My main sympathy is for the woman and children of Sodom.
  • 28) To paraphrase his satyrical entry at the Reagan Wing, Doug alleges that Mike! faked or made up this DUI or at least preemptively announced it as a devious ploy to gain sympathy from the electorate.
  • 29) In 'The Theory of Moral Sentiments, published in 1759, Adam Smith boldly recast the question of virtue in terms of what we now call empathy but which he called sympathy.
  • 30) Perhaps he liked it; — but any man endowed with that power of appreciation which we call sympathy, would have felt it to be as cold as though it had come from a figure on a glass window.
  • 31) Who can tell what metals the gods use in forging the subtle bond which we call sympathy, which we might as well call love.
  • 32) The moment in the story where their sympathy is aroused is the swallowing of the kids, because the children do realize the possibility of being disposed of in the mother's absence.
  • 33) She is filled with curiosity, which she calls sympathy with the simple, stern religion; and this Müller, who goes about preaching, is now at Tübingen.
  • 34) ‘From this side of the water, one can have some sympathy with that frustration.’
  • 35) ‘I have considerable sympathy with Mr S on this aspect of the case.’
  • 36) ‘I have absolute sympathy with the friends and families of anyone that's suffered in anything like this.’
  • 37) ‘The killings sparked a global wave of sympathy with most of the money distributed to those directly affected by the tragedy.’
  • 38) ‘One can't help feeling sympathy with his plight, and admiration for the way he meets his end.’
  • 39) ‘Murillo is well known for his sympathy with his neighbours, the poor and distressed of Seville.’
  • 40) ‘Of course there can be nothing wrong with people wanting to show sympathy with the victims of terrorism.’
  • 41) ‘Flowers are an international symbol of our sorrow, sympathy, grief, and grace.’
  • 42) ‘Well, as it happens, I have some sympathy with people who get caught with massive software development schemes that go wrong.’
  • 43) ‘Unfortunately, Khouri appears to have little sympathy with those she fooled into believing her tales.’
  • 44) ‘Much of the play hinges on her credibility when disguised as Cesario, and on the audience's sympathy with her.’
  • 45) ‘Our sympathy with soap characters is based on identification.’
  • 46) ‘The scene won no plaudits for the students, nor can it have done their case to create public sympathy with their cause any good.’
  • 47) ‘His family expressed sympathy with John's carer, who they said made ‘a minor mistake’.’
  • 48) ‘She had already sent two letters to staff and residents of the home expressing sympathy with the 14 elderly residents.’
  • 49) ‘Let me please say before I'm howled down in protest I do have every sympathy with the families and loved ones that grieve for them.’
  • 50) ‘A large number of teenagers visited the family to offer their sympathy with over seventeen signing a card.’
  • 51) ‘The committee expressed sympathy with all the families who suffered bereavements during the year.’
  • 52) ‘I have sympathy with anyone who has suffered a burglary, but I fail to see how any of these alarms have much deterrent effect.’
  • 53) ‘Reasonable walkers have sympathy with the plight of many farmers and have avoided walking on agricultural land.’
  • 54) ‘Our sympathies and condolences go to the victims of this incident and the people of London.’
  • 55) ‘Our condolences and sympathies go to the families of the Hon John Falloon and Jack Luxton.’
  • 56) ‘In this case, one's sympathies go out to the performers who have a living to earn.’
  • 57) ‘My buddies expressed their sympathies, then started checking their own mirrors for warning signs.’
  • 58) ‘My sympathies go to the patients involved in this case.’
  • 59) ‘My sympathies are ever and always with the parents, in the full knowledge of how wrongheaded parents can be.’
  • 60) ‘We extend our sympathies to her family and relatives and friends.’
  • 61) ‘To all his extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends, we extend our most sincere sympathies.’
  • 62) ‘Johnathan seems to have been a really good boy, into everything, and our deepest sympathies are with his family who are finding this very hard.’
  • 63) ‘His loss leaves a void in the community which will be difficult to replace and we tender our deepest sympathies to the bereaved.’
  • 64) ‘We extend our deepest sympathies to all those who mourn her passing.’
  • 65) ‘I send my sympathies to the two families involved, it's a shocking tragedy.’
  • 66) ‘Our sympathies are with the injured and the relatives of the deceased.’
  • 67) ‘Mr McDarby is anxious to send sympathies to the families of the bereaved.’
  • 68) ‘The Ministers conveyed their sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured.’
  • 69) ‘He spoke with Spain's Foreign Minister Ana de Palacio to convey the sympathies of everyone in Ireland.’
  • 70) ‘Through you, First Minister, I wish to convey my heartfelt sympathies to families and friends of all those killed and injured.’
  • 71) ‘The Minister met with the bereaved families and conveyed his sympathies to them.’
  • 72) ‘Our sympathies are extended to his family and the Tyrone GAA fraternity.’
  • 73) ‘Mr Blair extended his sympathies to the families of those who had died in the two huge suicide bombings, many of whom are likely to be British.’
  • 74) ‘Understanding begins with sympathy - recognition of the shared human condition.’
  • 75) ‘To receive, you must give, and not just in words and gestures but in true sympathy, understanding and commitment.’
  • 76) ‘He feels that he is receiving less than his share and that there is no one on whom he can rely for sympathy and understanding.’
  • 77) ‘He listens politely and patiently to Dabii's request, with a smile of sympathy and understanding.’
  • 78) ‘She reacted with sympathy and understanding, and Alex felt good about opening up to her.’
  • 79) ‘Her sympathy and understanding were great assets to the practice.’
  • 80) ‘They require not just constant attention and sympathy, but also understanding of their needs and thoughts.’
  • 81) ‘Warmth, sympathy and understanding should cost nothing in any country.’
  • 82) ‘I was given a chance to go through some of the gawkiest stages of growing up in an atmosphere of sympathy and understanding.’
  • 83) ‘Many are thankful for just that - human contact, acknowledgement, sympathy or whatever you can give.’
  • 84) ‘Perhaps she has, in general, more sympathy with men than women?’
  • 85) ‘The Duke of Windsor - for years held up as a romantic figure who abdicated for love - shared those sympathies.’
  • 86) ‘He also supports Glasgow Rangers, while he's also got Chelsea sympathies.’
  • 87) ‘The plans also had the support of the Green Party, hardly known for their sympathies towards developers.’
  • 88) ‘It quickly gained the support of the majority of people with nationalist sympathies.’
  • 89) ‘Despite his old Labour sympathies, Stewart has been a consistent supporter of Blair.’
  • 90) ‘For a man with nationalist sympathies, he clearly shed few tears for the Prime Minister's plight.’
  • 91) ‘A Glasgow woman with wavering sympathies rejected the line ‘Scotland deserves better’.’
  • 92) ‘I liked him because he wrote well and because his contrarian position gave him broader sympathies.’
  • 93) ‘In this PC society we live in, it seems to me to be a Tabloid kind of a world where sensationalism and fashionable sympathies rule OK.’
  • 94) ‘The only possible reason is anti-Semitism or Neo-Nazi sympathies.’
  • 95) ‘Though he wrote on the rulers, his sympathies lay with the people.’
  • 96) ‘The people made no secret of their Royalist sympathies, and he decided to leave a town ‘where he has few friends’.’
  • 97) ‘It was a hard time because as the son of a miner you have sympathies for both sides.’
  • 98) ‘Lash's political sympathies lie with the Agrarian Populists of 19th century America.’
  • 99) ‘The truth is elusive and complex and Medem makes a concerted attempt to grasp it, while making plain his broad sympathies with the Basques.’
  • 100) ‘Even then, the book's sympathies are more with his foot-soldiers.’
  • 101) ‘Still, one might assume that there would be little if any doubt as to where feminist sympathies would lie.’
  • 102) ‘Forget where one's sympathies lie and ignore the truth or otherwise of a republican spy-ring at Stormont.’
  • 103) ‘In any account of a siege, one's sympathies inevitably lie with the besieged.’
  • 104) ‘However, such a claim is unlikely to attract judicial sympathy for two reasons.’
  • 105) ‘Keegan deserves a moment of sympathy for his honest comments, but not much more than a moment.’
  • 106) ‘An opinion poll last week showed there is widespread sympathy for the strikes.’
  • 107) ‘I am forced to conclude that their silence implies agreement, sympathy, or collusion.’
  • 108) ‘They were desperately trying to generate support and sympathy among people who hadn't formed an opinion on foxhunting.’
  • 109) ‘We are therefore obliged to look upon the arguments for affirmative action with sympathy and an open mind.’
  • 110) ‘If the comments did reflect any sympathy on his part for terrorism then clearly they were misdirected.’
  • 111) ‘I have more sympathy with concerns about the ability of the infrastructure to support the new residents.’
  • 112) ‘Whilst I have every sympathy with his concerns, we have to present our pupils at test centres of their choice.’
  • 113) ‘We have considerable sympathy with the view the judge took.’
  • 114) ‘The landed gentry had some sympathy with popular resentment of the activities of moneyed and mercantile entrepreneurs.’
  • 115) ‘I have great sympathy with the many letters complaining about packaging of goods.’
  • 116) ‘I don't know what good it will do to stop the traffic on the M1 next Monday, but it may lose us a lot of sympathy with the public.’
  • 117) ‘While I have sympathy with this argument it is noticeable that no one is arguing to use the existing powers to their greatest effect.’
  • 118) ‘Crawford has some sympathy with this view and has taken steps to ensure customer service is paramount in branch staff's minds.’
  • 119) ‘And many lower officers and constabulary had full sympathy with the marauding mobs.’
  • 120) ‘Now when pensioners take to the streets, the press is full of sympathy and understanding.’
  • 121) ‘Becoming America suggests that Butler has little sympathy with that hermeneutic view.’
  • 122) ‘The tone is balanced, despite the author's sympathy for the causes of the disenfranchised.’
  • 123) ‘I long to live in a culture with which I feel in harmony and in sympathy.’
  • 124) ‘GMO products should exist in sympathy with the world's food chain.’
  • 125) ‘To begin with, it must be a quality scheme, with any new buildings being in sympathy with the area and with the Cathedral Close's distinct character.’
  • 126) ‘Since it stays outside throughout the summer a seating group should look sculptural and as with all else, be in sympathy with the style of the house and garden.’
  • 127) ‘The judges felt the library building had a definite wow factor and that the architecture is in sympathy with the existing physical environment.’
  • 128) ‘However planning officers at the national park are keen for the site to be cleared and redeveloped in sympathy with the surrounding landscape.’
  • 129) ‘It demands the development is in sympathy with the area.’
  • 130) ‘They altered parts of the house, but retained the basic style which was built in sympathy with the environment.’
  • 131) ‘We shall be building in sympathy with neighbouring settlements.’
  • 132) ‘However, as with all development, it must be done in sympathy with what exists there already.’
  • 133) ‘The old style decorative lamps are in sympathy with the narrow street and its small retail outlets.’
  • 134) ‘This season, he gave us an almost faultless collection that was totally in sympathy with how many women wish to dress.’
  • 135) ‘The proposed chalets are not in sympathy with any of the local buildings.’
  • 136) ‘Who wanted the weather to be in sympathy with their moods?’
  • 137) ‘In sympathy with its subject matter, the work has a veiled, half awake quality.’
  • 138) ‘The inner ear has small hairs rooted in fluid and when tympanic responses from sound goes through three small bones the hairs vibrate, or oscillate in sympathy.’
  • 139) ‘Very few bells to be found on these rare instruments even if there are many strings vibrating in sympathy.’
  • 140) ‘And foreign creditors are getting a double whammy, as bond prices have begun to fall in sympathy with the dollar.’
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