Definitions for compassion
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a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
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.
literally, suffering with another; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration
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
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. compassio—com, with, pati, passus, to suffer.]
The numerical value of compassion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of compassion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Compassion is contagious. Every moment we choose compassion, we move towards a better world.
Self-compassion and giving compassion don't make us more vulnerable, they make us stronger, so when you're feeling heightened emotions such as anxiety, or even anger about someone's risky behavior, calm yourself, and have some compassion for yourself and that other person.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning Marylin Zuniga young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported. Even when I heard that the letters were written... because of compassion, you could've written to somebody in a nursing home. - Gloria Stewart, Orange Board of Education, NJ resident Marylin Zuniga, who taught at Forest Street Elementary School, told board members prior to their hasty vote to can Marylin Zuniga that Marylin Zuniga has broad support from around the country, the newspaper reported. There's people around the nation who support me, who believe I need to be reinstated and I believe that I need to be reinstated, my students need me in the classroom. My students have requested that I come back to the classroom. Abu-Jamal, a 61-year-old serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, is a self-styled poet who became a darling of celebrities and activists while on death row. His sentence was later commuted to life without parole, and he was suffering from complications from diabetes when Marylin Zuniga assigned the task. The vote to fire Zuniga occurred after several hours of public speakers, many of whom praised Zuniga for teaching Marylin Zuniga students to have compassion for a man who killed a police officer. Abu-Jamal killed Daniel Faulkner during a routine traffic stop of Abu-Jamal’s brother. At trial, several witnesses reported seeing Abu-Jamal kill Daniel Faulkner, and two witnesses said Abu-Jamal confessed to the killing, saying, I shot the mother --- er, and I hope the mother --- er dies. Although the abrupt vote left meeting attendees unsure of what had happened, Orange Board of Education Superintendent Ronald Lee confirmed that Marylin Zuniga was fired in an email to the Star-Ledger. As this is a personnel issue, I have no further comments on this matter, Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee wrote. Zuniga’s attorney, Alan Levine, told the newspaper Marylin Zuniga is now considering legal action to challenge Marylin Zuniga firing. Several speakers at the meeting, including Essex County Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake, praised Marylin Zuniga.
The Passion is about love, inclusion and compassion for all mankind, it's for believers and also nonbelievers. It's for all faiths and all backgrounds. This story doesn't just belong to one group, it belongs to humanity. Love, forgiveness and compassion, those are things that are universal to us all.
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- رحمة, تعاطفArabic
- съчувствие, състраданиеBulgarian
- compassióCatalan, Valencian
- soustrast, soucitCzech
- medfølelse, medlidenhedDanish
- Mitleid, Mitgefühl, ErbarmenGerman
- my, myötätuntoFinnish
- trua, taiseIrish
- ath-thruasScottish Gaelic
- רחמים, אמפתיה, חמלהHebrew
- medelijden, deernisDutch
- сочувствие, состраданиеRussian
- thương hạiVietnamese
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