verb (used with object)
Origin of compassion
Examples from the Web for compassion
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.
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.
She credits Gandhi and Nelson Mandela for teaching her about compassion.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State|Lizzie Crocker|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One glance into those coldly watchful eyes was sufficient to subdue any surge of compassion.Men in War|Andreas Latzko
So far can a fine fastidiousness, allied to a sentiment of compassion, go towards making a man a consummate hypocrite.Mercy Philbrick's Choice|Helen Hunt Jackson
Enfeebled by sickness, he exposed himself; touched by compassion, he relieved the sufferer.The Story of My Life|Egerton Ryerson
He was moved with compassion for him, since for man He undergoes all pains.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
That I be not biassed with compassion to the poor, or favour to the rich, in point of justice.
British Dictionary definitions for compassion
Word Origin for compassion
Word Origin and History for compassion
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.