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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.


  1. compassionate

    Compassionate means to have a deep awareness and understanding of the suffering of another person, along with a willingness to alleviate that suffering. This trait involves showing kindness, care, and a willingness to help others. It's about feeling empathy for others and acting on it. Compassion extends beyond just feeling sorry for others; it also includes being motivated to take action to help alleviate their problems.

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. Joe Harding:

    The biggest danger and the biggest lie is that what the opposition to the bill is saying that you can't be pro-parent and compassionate and tolerant to the LGBTQ community.

  2. Rob Flaherty:

    There is something about the vice president being a compassionate leader that really does resonate with people in a way that would not be intuitive, since many believe the internet to be a right-wing meme hell hole, we are just playing a different game.

  3. Prince Harry:

    I like to think that we were able to speak truth in the most compassionate way possible, therefore leaving an opening for reconciliation and healing.

  4. Victoria Castro:

    This President wants us to believe that we have to choose between border security, i believe that our border is more secure than it's ever been. ... We can have a secure border and we can maintain that security. We can be compassionate as well.

  5. Kenneth McGraw:

    Key to this approach is promoting healthy, productive behaviors through engaged, compassionate leadership, and personally engaging in positive cognitive processes.

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