[ kuhm-pash-uhn ]
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  1. a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to have compassion for; compassionate.

Origin of compassion

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English (from Anglo-French ), from Late Latin compassiōn- (stem of compassiō). See com-, passion

synonym study For compassion

1. See sympathy.

Other words for compassion

Opposites for compassion

Other words from compassion

  • com·pas·sion·less, adjective
  • un·com·pas·sion, noun
  • un·com·pas·sioned, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for compassion


/ (kəmˈpæʃən) /

  1. a feeling of distress and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it

Origin of compassion

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin compassiō fellow feeling, from compatī to suffer with, from Latin com- with + patī to bear, suffer

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