I'm talking about a large group experience. Depression for example is felt by millions, it's a shared experience that most of us can understand, but I'd like one word to describe the understanding we can feel for what ever the shared experience is because we've all experienced it. Empathetic, prevalent, pervasive, rampant is not really what I'm thinking.

  • A common experience? – user067531 Mar 10 '18 at 8:42
  • Moving to a single word, commonality << noun [ C or U ] [formal]: ​ the fact of sharing interests, experiences, or other characteristics with someone or something: They found a commonality in discussing their experiences. / There are some commonalities between the different stories. >> {CED} exists. But I'd stick with a phrase such as 'common bond'. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 10 '18 at 9:34

I think that it depends on how grand you'd like to go, but I am sort of partial to universality.

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