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n. pl. em·paths
One who is highly sensitive to the feelings of others and has a high capacity for empathy: "He was also something of an empath, intuitively alert, it would seem, to what was going on behind those faces" (Roberta Smith).

[Back-formation from empathy (on the model of telepath).]
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Three years after recording their first lo-fi demos in the basement of their shared home in Philadelphia, Empath remain the sort of close friends who can pile onto each other's jokes for hours if left to their own devices.
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Parker Mills has a secret that she knows is both a gift and a burden: she is a psychic empath who senses the emotions of those around her.
You need to be able to connect with them emotionally and be able to be an empath, in a way.
Are you among the 1 in 20 people born as an empath? Then you're a Highly, Highly Sensitive Person, ultra-perceptive.
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"I discovered I am an empath ndash we have this extreme sensitivity and ability to feel and carry other people's emotions.
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Following a successful run at the recent Gitex Future Stars 2018, the Japanese government and Jetro's first international mission under its new J-Startup programme - media company FreakOut Holdings, healthcare app Allm Inc, and award-winning AI company Empath, confirmed plans to expand into the UAE with a view to use their new UAE base as a launchpad into the wider Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, said a statement.