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compassionate

[adjective kuh m-pash-uh-nit; verb kuh m-pash-uh-neyt] /adjective kəmˈpæʃ ə nɪt; verb kəmˈpæʃ əˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
having or showing compassion:
a compassionate person; a compassionate letter.
2.
granted in an emergency:
compassionate military leave granted to attend a funeral.
3.
Obsolete. pitiable.
verb (used with object), compassionated, compassionating.
4.
Archaic. to pity or have compassion for.
Origin of compassionate
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; compassion + -ate1
Related forms
compassionately, adverb
compassionateness, noun
uncompassionate, adjective
uncompassionately, adverb
uncompassionateness, noun
Synonyms
1. pitying, sympathizing, sympathetic, tender.
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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

compassionate

/kəmˈpæʃənət/
adjective
1.
showing or having compassion
2.
compassionate leave, leave granted, esp to a serviceman, on the grounds of bereavement, family illness, etc
Derived Forms
compassionately, adverb
compassionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for compassionate
adj.

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.

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