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Definitions for Compassion
kəmˈpæʃ əncom·pas·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compassion, compassionatenessnoun

    a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

  2. compassion, pitynoun

    the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it

Wiktionary

  1. compassionnoun

    Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COMPASSIONn s

    Pity; commiseration; sorrow for the sufferings of others; painful sympathy.

    Etymology: compassion, Fr. from con and patior, Lat.

    Ye had compassion of me in my bonds. Heb. x. 34.

    Their angry hands
    My brothers hold, and vengeance these exact;
    This pleads compassion, and repents the fact. John Dryden, Fables.

    The good-natured man is apt to be moved with compassion for those misfortunes or infirmities, which another would turn into ridicule. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 169.

  2. To Compassionverb

    To pity; to compassionate; to commiserate: a word scarcely used.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    O, heavens! can you hear a good man groan,
    And not relent, or not compassion him? William Shakespeare, Tit. Andron.

Wikipedia

  1. Compassion

    Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, mental, or emotional pains of another and themselves. Compassion is often regarded as having sensitivity, an emotional aspect to suffering, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice, and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity also based on sound judgment. There is also an aspect of equal dimension, such that an individual's compassion is often given a property of "depth", "vigor", or "passion". The etymology of "compassion" is Latin, meaning "co-suffering." Compassion involves "feeling for another" and is a precursor to empathy, the "feeling as another" capacity for better person-centered acts of active compassion; in common parlance active compassion is the desire to alleviate another's suffering.Compassion involves allowing ourselves to be moved by suffering and experiencing the motivation to help alleviate and prevent it. An act of compassion is defined by its helpfulness. Qualities of compassion are patience and wisdom; kindness and perseverance; warmth and resolve. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. Expression of compassion is prone to be hierarchical, paternalistic and controlling in responses. Difference between sympathy and compassion is that the former responds to suffering from sorrow and concern while the latter responds with warmth and care.The English noun compassion, meaning to love together with, comes from Latin. Its prefix com- comes directly from com, an archaic version of the Latin preposition and affix cum (= with); the -passion segment is derived from passus, past participle of the deponent verb patior, patī, passus sum. Compassion is thus related in origin, form and meaning to the English noun patient (= one who suffers), from patiens, present participle of the same patior, and is akin to the Greek verb πάσχειν (= paskhein, to suffer) and to its cognate noun πάθος (= pathos). Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in almost all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues.

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  1. compassion

    Compassion is a deep feeling of empathy and understanding towards the suffering or hardships of others combined with a desire to help alleviate their pain or improve their well-being. It involves a genuine concern and care for the welfare of others, often leading to acts of kindness, selflessness, and support. Compassion recognizes the shared human experience and seeks to promote love, unity, and a sense of connectedness to others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compassionnoun

    literally, suffering with another; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration

  2. Compassionverb

    to pity

Wikidata

  1. Compassion

    Compassion is the understanding or empathy for the suffering of others and helping them to come out from the suffering. Compassion is often regarded as emotional in nature, and there is an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual's compassion is often given a property of "depth," "vigour," or "passion." The etymology of "compassion" is Latin, meaning "co-suffering." More involved than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another's suffering. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. In ethical terms, the various expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule often embodies by implication the principle of compassion: Do to others what you would have them do to you. The English noun compassion, meaning to suffer together with, comes from Latin. Its prefix com- comes directly from com, an archaic version of the Latin preposition and affix cum; the -passion segment is derived from passus, past participle of the deponent verb patior, patī, passus sum. Compassion is thus related in origin, form and meaning to the English noun patient, from patiens, present participle of the same patior, and is akin to the Greek verb πάσχειν and to its cognate noun πάθος. Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in almost all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Compassion

    kom-pash′un, n. fellow-feeling, or sorrow for the sufferings of another: pity.—v.t. to pity.—adjs. Compas′sionable, pitiable; Compas′sionate, inclined to pity or mercy: merciful.—v.t. to have compassion for: to have pity or mercy upon.—adv. Compas′sionately.—n. Compas′sionateness. [Fr.,—L. compassiocom, with, pati, passus, to suffer.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Compassion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Compassion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Compassion in a Sentence

  1. Michael Jackson:

    We are behaving like people without compassion and love for the most vulnerable section of society. The children of the universe are without a spokesperson, they are voiceless…We are all touched by the atrocities committed against children: sexual, physical abuse, child slave labor, educational neglect. We feel ashamed. Angry. Appalled. But there is no action…No action.

  2. Karen Clark:

    We don't see this as political at all, we see this as theological, we know that this infant baby Jesus... grew up to be a Christ who calls us to compassion for our neighbor, compassion for one another.

  3. Christen Kuikoua:

    When I fall, I need love, not judgment. I need counselors, not a jury. I need a family, not a court. Because in the embrace of compassion, I find strength to rise, not in the shadows of condemnation.

  4. Alex Bastian:

    There’s no question the victim’s family in this case, as well as all families that have experienced victimization, are due our utmost respect and compassion, and we will continue to do all we can to provide trauma-informed services to victims and their families.

  5. John Boehner:

    In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father's message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds, his teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another.

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