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Definitions for compassionate
kəmˈpæʃ ə nɪt; -ˌneɪtcom·pas·sion·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compassionateverb

    showing or having compassion

    "heard the soft and compassionate voices of women"

  2. feel for, pity, compassionate, condole with, sympathize withverb

    share the suffering of


  1. compassionateverb

    To feel compassion for; to pity, feel sorry for.

  2. compassionateadjective

    having, feeling of showing compassion; sympathetic

  3. compassionateadjective

    given to someone because of a domestic emergency, especially in the phrase compassionate leave

  4. Etymology: A pseudo-Latin form of compassioné, past participle of compassionner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Compassionateadjective

    Inclined to compassion; inclined to pity; merciful; tender; melting; soft; easily affected with sorrow by the misery of others.

    Etymology: from compassion.

    There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate. Robert South, Sermons.

  2. To Compassionateverb

    To pity; to commiserate.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Experience layeth princes torn estates before their eyes, and withal persuades them to compassionate themselves. Walter Raleigh.

    Compassionates my pains, and pities me!
    What is compassion, when ’tis void of love? Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. compassionate

    Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to relieve the physical, mental or emotional pains of others and themselves. Compassion is often regarded as being sensitive to the emotional aspects of the suffering of others. When based on notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature. The word "compassion" comes from Middle English, and derives from Old French, via ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n- ), from compati (‘suffer with’). Compassion involves "feeling for another" and is a precursor to empathy, the "feeling as another" capacity (as opposed to sympathy, the "feeling towards another"). 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. The difference between sympathy and compassion is that the former responds to others' suffering with sorrow and concern whereas the latter responds with warmth and care. An article by the Clinical Psychology Review suggests that "compassion consists of three facets: noticing, feeling, and responding."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 (= 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. Compassionateadjective

    having a temper or disposition to pity; sympathetic; merciful

  2. Compassionateadjective

    complaining; inviting pity; pitiable

  3. Compassionateverb

    to have compassion for; to pity; to commiserate; to sympathize with

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compassionate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compassionate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of compassionate in a Sentence

  1. Purvi Raniga:

    Life is a celebration. Being alive on this earth is a celebration. Learning new things everyday is celebration. Being kind and compassionate is celebration. Chasing our dreams and goals is celebration. With right attitude, every action becomes celebration. Learn to celebrate each and every moment of life.

  2. Amit Ray:

    One of the key algorithms of compassionate artificial intelligence is Mother-Infant Inter-brain Synchrony algorithm, which mimics the brain-to-brain synchrony of gaze, facial expressions, touch and heart rhythms of mother and child.

  3. Christina Francis:

    If it says ischemia time starts after tissue collection, that means that the baby is still alive at the time that they’re harvesting the tissue, it’s horrific and does not constitute good science or compassionate medical care.

  4. George Washington Carver:

    How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

  5. Gina Biegel:

    These youth are not getting a lot of attention from chaotic home environments, people in the mindfulness community are compassionate and respectful and create a relationship they don’t get elsewhere.

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