empath

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From empathy.

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empath (plural empaths)

  1. One who has the ability to sense emotions; someone who is empathic or practises empathy.
  2. (science fiction, parapsychology) A person with extra-sensory empathic ability, capable of sensing the emotions of others around them in a way unexplained by conventional science and psychology.
    • 1957, Hans Stefan Santesson (editor), Fantastic Universe
      She was the empath who would betray empaths if she got the chance. So they'd tried to fix things so that she didn't get the chance.
    • 2005, Catherine Asaro, Schism
      How did a complete stranger know he was an empath? He rarely if ever talked about it, even to his closest friends. It made people uneasy.
    • 2007, Ellen Dugan, Natural Witchery
      The aura may, in fact, linger around objects or places and that "lingering energy" is what an empath senses and intuits.

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