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compassionate

[adjective kuh m-pash-uh-nit; verb kuh m-pash-uh-neyt]
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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), com·pas·sion·at·ed, com·pas·sion·at·ing.
  1. Archaic. to pity or have compassion for.

Origin of compassionate

First recorded in 1580–90; compassion + -ate1
Related formscom·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverbcom·pas·sion·ate·ness, nounun·com·pas·sion·ate, adjectiveun·com·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverbun·com·pas·sion·ate·ness, noun

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1. pitying, sympathizing, sympathetic, tender.
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Examples from the Web for uncompassionate

Historical Examples

  • He is almoner to the uncompassionate, who but for him would give no alms.

    The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays

    Ambrose Bierce

  • Karl Karl'itch, on the contrary, was the personification of uncompassionate, inflexible law.

    Russia

    Donald Mackenzie Wallace


British Dictionary definitions for uncompassionate

compassionate

adjective
  1. showing or having compassion
  2. compassionate leave leave granted, esp to a serviceman, on the grounds of bereavement, family illness, etc
Derived Formscompassionately, adverbcompassionateness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for uncompassionate

adj.

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + compassionate.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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