What does compassion mean?

Definitions for compassion
kəmˈpæʃ əncom·pas·sion

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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

Wiktionary

  1. compassion(Noun)

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

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.

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

Freebase

  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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  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. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Compassion is a sign of inner peace. Kindness is a sign of inner strength. Be kind and be compassionate.

  2. Dianne Marie Teresa Cole:

    While we’re undeserving recipients of God’s mercy, he honors us with compassion and forgiveness. It’s one of the greatest mysteries.

  3. Amanda Scarpinati:

    Having a hard childhood (and) being picked on because of my burns, I found comfort in the beautiful amazing photos of this beautiful stranger, this nurse, holding me, and you can feel the compassion and love she had for me.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    Humanity is showing compassion for humans first , as merely keeping abandoned pet animals and displaying love via media for them is nothing but seeking publicity only.

  5. Frederic Dabi:

    Public opinion will not be content with compassion. It will judge the president on his actions, he ticked the right boxes in his Versailles speech in terms of authority, firmness and martial tone. He did the job. He showed once again he can handle outsize events.

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