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?
    – user 66974
    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'. Mar 10 '18 at 9:34
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    Just a note that depression is widespread but also often intensely private and isolating, so words like "common" or "shared" which suggest public or shared experience may seem a bit inappropriate in the context.
    – Stuart F
    Jan 6 '20 at 14:27

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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