- a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
- Archaic. to compassionate.
Origin of compassion
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Examples from the Web for compassioned
How she compassioned his great weakness, as he wiped away the moisture which, even on that cold day, glistened on his forehead.Macaria
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
- a feeling of distress and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it
Word Origin and History for compassioned
mid-14c., from Old French compassion "sympathy, pity" (12c.), from Late Latin compassionem (nominative compassio) "sympathy," noun of state from past participle stem of compati "to feel pity," from com- "together" (see com-) + pati "to suffer" (see passion).
Latin compassio is an ecclesiastical loan-translation of Greek sympatheia (see sympathy). An Old English loan-translation of compassion was efenðrowung.