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[adjective kuh m-pash-uh-nit; verb kuh m-pash-uh-neyt] /adjective kəmˈpæʃ ə nɪt; verb kəmˈpæʃ əˌneɪt/
having or showing compassion:
a compassionate person; a compassionate letter.
granted in an emergency:
compassionate military leave granted to attend a funeral.
Obsolete. pitiable.
verb (used with object), compassionated, compassionating.
Archaic. to pity or have compassion for.
Origin of compassionate
First recorded in 1580-90; compassion + -ate1
Related forms
compassionately, adverb
compassionateness, noun
uncompassionate, adjective
uncompassionately, adverb
uncompassionateness, noun
1. pitying, sympathizing, sympathetic, tender. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for compassionate
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  • Our Government must at the same time be both competent and compassionate.

  • Were you to know how I have suffered, you would be compassionate.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • He was quite incapable of any compassionate feeling about the boy, or about his fate.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Not one to save her,––not one of all the compassionate people!

    Poems William D. Howells
  • The others looked at him and smiled with an air of compassionate superiority.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for compassionate


showing or having compassion
compassionate leave, leave granted, esp to a serviceman, on the grounds of bereavement, family illness, etc
Derived Forms
compassionately, adverb
compassionateness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for compassionate

1580s, from compassion + -ate (1). Related: Compassionately. Phrase compassionate conservatism in American political language recorded by 1992, popularized, if not coined, by Marvin Olasky, University of Texas at Austin instructor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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