Full record for empathy n.

Definition The (extra-)sensory perception of others emotions
OED requirements antedating 1955
Earliest cite Poul Anderson, The Long Way Home
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1956 cite from J.T. McIntosh's "Empath". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1969 reprint of Harry Harrison's "Deathworld", which Mike Christie verified in the 1960 magazine serialization. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Poul Anderson's 1966 "Ensign Flandry". Douglas Winston submitted a 2002 cite from a reprint of Sarah Zettel's "Kingdom of Cages". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1994 reprint of Poul Anderson's "The Day of Their Return", which Mike Christie located in an earlier reprint from 1975. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1984 Colin Kapp's "The Tyrant of Hades", which Mike Chritie verified in the 1982 first edition. Douglas Winston submitted a 1999 cite from Lisanne Norman's "Dark Nadir". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1955 cite from Poul Anderson's "The Long Way Home"
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Citations for empathy n.

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1945 T. Sturgeon Killdozer! 230 Places with Typewriters: we are writing stories about the future about machines that think creatively ‥ about empathy, second-order space, contra-terrene matter, levitation, astral separation, telepathy, the intuitive mutation, universal synthesis, time-travel, silicon life, and the evolution of intelligence in rats
1956 ‘J. T. McIntosh’ Empath in New Worlds Aug. 40 The Circle's trying to get Tim without using empathy. They're all blanking out.
1960 H. Harrison Deathworld in Astounding Sci. Fact & Fiction Feb. 136/2 The talkers must have well-developed psi facilities, that was obvious now. There is no barrier of race or alien form when two creatures share each other's emotions. Empathy first, so there would be no hatred or fear.
1966 P. Anderson Ensign Flandry x. 138 I can be equipped with electromagnetic sensors and transducers, to feel out a hidden circuit. In addition, I have developed an empathy with machines. I can be aware, on a level below consciousness, of what they are about to do, and adjust my behavior accordingly. It is analogous to my former perception, the normal one, of nuances in expression, tone, stance on the part of fellow Merseians whom I knew intimately.
1971 J. Blish Star Trek 4 39 It appears it learned more from me during our empathy than I did from it.
1974 P. Anderson Day of Their Return iii. 26 I could never read your mind; that is impossible unless I have known a person long and well, and then I can merely translate surface thoughts, clearly formulated. I cannot project.‥Shall we say I have a minor gift of empathy?
1982 C. Kapp Tyrant of Hades 11 Whilst that frightful connector was in place every aspect of his being and existence was totally coupled to Zeus, the cybernetic complex which was so powerful that it had taken over from man the task of constructing and regulating the entire Solarian universe. But the linkage brought far more than an adjustment to his physical condition. Whilst the connection remained, even his brain shared some staggering empathy with the artificial intelligence of the giant machine. Although he soon became lost in the gulfs and voids between its mammoth electronic concepts, he was forced mentally to reach out and touch that most frightening entity of all‥artificial intelligence‥the machine Id‥the personality which was the great computer itself.
1983 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Triangle v. 31 Unless some alien interference had cut off the ‘carrier wave’ of some kind of empathy which they seemed to have between them.
1986 D. Carey Battlestations! v. 73 She commented, curbing her tone of empathy.
1993 D. Carey Great Starship Race xiv. 213 They'd shared empathy before, but this kind?
1996 J. Gunn Joy Machine xii. 197 He would identify with the empathy that lived inside him in his better moments.
1998 L. A. Graf & M. J. Friedman War Dragons viii. 132 And of course the undeniable necessity of empathy with my own very human sense of pride.
1999 L. Norman Dark Nadir iii. 88 But he couldn't feel it. Try as he might, he could feel no link, no empathy with this alien world—until the visions started. That was the truly frightening part. Now he could feel all that Derwent had been talking about, except it wasn't a maleness he sensed, it was an indisputably female presence.
2001 S. Zettel Kingdom of Cages vii. 193 ‘I do not like the decision,’ grumbled Cheth, mind to Chi Complex. An abstract and ragged burst of red and orange accompanied the words, emphasizing her displeasure. Cheth didn't like anything she hadn't thought of, and never had. Aleph sometimes wondered if something had gone wrong during Cheth's growth in the early years. Some chemical imbalance that stunted her empathy.