I got to wondering what the difference was between empathetic and empathic, and wouldn’t you know. There isn’t one. That’s one less confusion we need worry about. Okay, okay, one less for me to gnaw over.
However, there is a difference between empathic (empathetic) and emphatic. It’s quite easy to confuse these two as they share common letters and a similar beginning. And sometimes people can be quite emphatic about how empathic they are.
Lord knows, I get quite emphatic about proper grammar and using the, ahem, correct word in one’s manuscript. Unfortunately, not everyone is that empathetic towards me…sob…
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: empathy and emphaticemphatic|
|Part of Grammar:|
Variant spelling: empathic
Plural for noun: emphatics
|Showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another
Of, relating to, or characterized by empathy, the psychological identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of others
Showing or giving emphasis
Using emphasis in speech or action
Very impressive or significant
Clearly or boldly outlined
[Grammar; stressed auxiliary do in affirmative statement] Of or relating to a form used to add emphasis, especially, in English
|She’s compassionate and empathetic towards her daughter.
I have been touched by the empathetic response to my bad luck.
I could wish the school had a sensitive, empathetic counselor.
He’s such an attentive, empathic listener.
Tears may elicit an empathic response in people.
The children were emphatic that they would like to repeat the experience.
It was quite an emphatic movement of his hand.
He walked stiffly, with an emphatic limp.
Trump is an emphatic man.
I must be emphatic about this particular.
Tonight’s sunset expressed an emphatic beauty.
It stands, like a great, stone dagger, emphatic against the sky.
He did call you.
I do like it.
Some linguists prefer the term pharyngealized consonant.
Adverb: empathetically, empathically, nonempathically
Noun: empathist, empathy
Adverb: emphatically, unemphatically
Noun: emphases, emphasis, emphaticalness
|History of the Word:|
|First known use of empathetic (a blend of empath(y) + -etic) was in 1932.
First known use of empathic was in 1909.
|Early 18th century, via the late Latin from the Greek emphatikos, from emphasis.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!