What does compassion mean?

Definitions for compassionkəmˈpæʃ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compassion, compassionateness(noun)

    a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

  2. compassion, pity(noun)

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


  1. compassion(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compassion(noun)

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

  2. Compassion(verb)

    to pity


  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. compassion

    Is a natural animal or human quality of empathy and understanding to the emotions, feelings, thoughts and experiences of another animal or human and a natural response that motivates a desire to help and support them when they need it.

    Compassion is demonstrated through out the world when animals and humans respond to one another with a natural empathy and understanding that motivates a desire to help those that need it.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    Compassion is the basis of all morality.

  2. Rush Limbaugh:

    Compassion is no substitute for justice.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Compassion brings us closer to each other.

  4. Renae A. Sauter:

    Compassion can be learned through example.

  5. Hasidic Saying:

    He who feels no compassion will become insane.

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