verb (used with object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM compassioncom·pas·sion·less, adjectiveun·com·pas·sion, nounun·com·pas·sioned, adjective
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What does compassion mean?
Compassion is sometimes used interchangeably with sympathy, which most most commonly means the sharing of emotions with someone else, especially sadness. Both words are used in the context of feeling sorry for people who are in negative situations. But compassion is often understood as a feeling that motivates you to help them.
Someone who has compassion for others can be described as compassionate. Being compassionate typically means you care and you want to help.
Example: We should treat people with compassion because that’s how we want to be treated.
Where does compassion come from?
The first records of the word compassion come from the 1300s. It comes from the Late Latin compassiō, meaning “fellow feeling,” from compatī, “to suffer with.” Compassion and sympathy are sometimes used to mean the same thing, and their roots mean the same things, too. The pathy in sympathy and the passion in compassion are both rooted in words that mean “to suffer,” and the com- and sym- at the beginning of each word both mean “with.”
Compassion may involve sharing in someone’s suffering, but the word most commonly refers to a desire to end that suffering by helping in some way. It’s often associated with other words related to caring about people, such as kindness and empathy.
The phrase compassion fatigue refers to a kind of burnout that can result from constantly having to care for others or from being frequently faced with things intended to produce compassion, such as frequent requests for charitable donations.
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What are some other forms related to compassion?
- compassionate (adjective)
- compassionless (adjective)
What are some synonyms for compassion?
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How is compassion used in real life?
Compassion is often used in the discussion of why people should treat others with kindness—as well as in the discussion of how some people don’t.
Be mindful of your reactions. When you’re negative, it will bring about negative consequences. Always choose kindness, love and compassion over anger, pride, jealousy, arrogance and malice. Learn to respond in a positive manner. It will have a huge impact on your life!
— Mufti Menk (@muftimenk) September 8, 2020
Forgiveness doesn’t come easily for everyone, but the kind of forgiveness that really matters is the forgiveness that resides in your own heart.
Self-compassion is what will enable you to learn and grow and become the best version of yourself.
Have a Nice day.
— Baddoleesa (@baddoleesa) September 8, 2020
In these unprecedented times empathy and common decency are key to protecting all Americans. Such despicable actions from a public servant simply serve to show the lack of compassion exhibited for everyday Texans.
— Dr. Eliz Markowitz (@ElizMarkowitz) September 15, 2020
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of compassion?
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|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 Tories, with Seymour at their head, appealed both to the good faith and to the compassion of Parliament.
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)