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 have compassion for; compassionate.
- com·pas·sion·less, adjective
- un·com·pas·sion, noun
- un·com·pas·sioned, adjective
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How to use compassion in a sentence
They’re supposed to seek knowledge and peace, value all life, and be motivated by compassion.Are You Yoda or Darth Vader? - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Brian Gallagher | August 26, 2020 | Nautilus
As a progressive, I hold sacred the fundamental values of inclusion, integrity, compassion, and truth.OPINION: Looking at Kamala Harris’ record on trans and progressive issues — the facts matter | Rachael Rose Luckey | August 19, 2020 | Washington Blade
We’ve never been faced with a challenge like this, and the way it plays out will speak to our collective compassion and humanity.An Indian Company Is Gearing Up to Make Millions of Doses of a $3 Covid-19 Vaccine | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | August 12, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Each new release is basically guaranteed press coverage—mostly stoking robot fear but occasionally eliciting compassion for the hardships of all robot-kind.The Robot Revolution Was Televised: Our All-Time Favorite Boston Dynamics Robot Videos | Jason Dorrier | July 19, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Some may have a misperception that I do not have compassion for those who have gotten ill from the virus.The Coronavirus Is Serious, and So Is the Threat to Small Businesses | Chris Cate | July 15, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
That kind of compassion might go a long way toward helping us begin to respond to a hurting world.
It is the kind of compassion espoused by every world religion and every revered religious leader.
But the qualities Mario Cuomo brought to public life—compassion, integrity, commitment to principle—remain in short supply today.
I ask you now for your understanding and compassion: My father needs me at this most difficult time.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike | IranWire | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Third, Republicans should commit to compassion in action rather than compassion in appearance.
His judges were not likely to feel compassion for him; and they all had strong selfish reasons to vote against him.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
The Tories, with Seymour at their head, appealed both to the good faith and to the compassion of Parliament.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Madame Roland preferred to die rather than to owe her life to the compassion of her enemies.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
The angry heavens at length took compassion on us and cleared up before sunset.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Their fatal ignorance of our sacred mysteries can only inspire us with tender compassion for our wandering brethren.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
British Dictionary definitions for compassion
a feeling of distress and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it
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