telempathy n.

the psionic ability to sense others’ emotions

[blend of telepathy + empathy]


  • 1952 A. Nelson Gualcophone in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 115 page image Alan Nelson bibliography

    Soon people may literally talk with their emotions. Telempathy—if I may coin a word.

  • 1963 V. Simonds Telempathy in Amazing Stories June 63/1 page image Vance Simonds bibliography

    Who needs Telempathy? This cat is so phony, any gossoon can peg him.

  • 1970 J. Blish Spock must Die! xv. 115 James Blish

    The link between the replicate and myself was not telepathy, but something I should call ‘telempathy’—an emotional rapport, not an intellectual one.

  • 1997 M. Bourne Mustard Seed in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 136 page image Mark Bourne bibliography

    The Gift of my species is a specialized telempathy.

  • 2011 S. White & C. E. Gannon Extremis xiii. 241 page image Steve White Charles E. Gannon bibliography

    One of its most unusual and dissimilar features is that her variety of telempathy permits her no guile or misrepresentation. If she thinks a falsehood, that inveracity registers immediately and unmistakably along with the message itself.

Research requirements

antedating 1952

Earliest cite

Alan Nelson

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2011 cite from Steve White and Charles E. Gannon

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