verb (used with object), com·pas·sion·at·ed, com·pas·sion·at·ing.
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What does compassionate mean?
Being compassionate typically means you care and you want to help. The word can describe a person, their actions, or a situation that involves or is based on compassion.
The word compassion is sometimes used interchangeably with sympathy, and compassionate is sometimes used to mean sympathetic, which most most commonly means sharing emotions with someone else, especially sadness. These words are all used in the context of feeling sorry for people who are in negative situations. But being compassionate is often understood as having a feeling that motivates you to help them.
The word compassionate can also be used in a more specific way to mean granted in circumstances that call for compassion. The word is used this way in the phrase compassionate leave, which refers to permission to be absent, such as from military duty, due to a death or illness in the family or other personal reasons.
Example: We should be compassionate toward others because that’s how we want to be treated.
Where does compassionate come from?
The first records of the word compassionate come from the late 1500s. It comes from the Late Latin compassiō, meaning “fellow feeling,” from compatī, “to suffer with.” The suffix -ate is used to form adjectives. Compassionate and sympathetic are sometimes used to mean the same thing, and their roots mean the same things, too. The path in sympathetic and the passion in compassionate are both rooted in words that mean “to suffer,” and the com- and sym- at the beginning of each word both mean “with.”
Being compassionate may involve sharing in someone’s suffering, but the word most commonly describes a person who has a desire to end that suffering by helping in some way. It’s often associated with other words related to caring about people, especially kind.
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What are some other forms related to compassionate?
- compassionately (adverb)
- uncompassionate (adjective)
- uncompassionately (adverb)
- compassion (noun)
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How is compassionate used in real life?
Compassionate 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.
I’m heartbroken hearing of Ruth Ginsburg’s passing. We all knew what an icon she was as a jurist. Ruth was such a kind and compassionate human being. She was, and is, beloved. We will miss her so deeply.
— Lawrence Gostin (@LawrenceGostin) September 19, 2020
Whoah! I just got an email explaining my TED talks have now, in total, been viewed over 70 million times. People are clearly hungry for a more compassionate and loving approach to addiction, depression & anxiety. Here’s the addiction talk https://t.co/9FpbwWfT7E
— Johann Hari (@johannhari101) September 17, 2020
"Part of empathy is seeing someone else's perspective, owning your part in mistakes, and being compassionate and vulnerable to others and yourself." @lisa_westman
— EL Magazine (@ELmagazine) September 21, 2020
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How to use compassionate in a sentence
With every responsible, compassionate person running around with a mask on nowadays, it seems inevitable that the phrase "wearable technology" will soon regularly include overly complicated high-tech face masks.LG’s battery-powered face mask will “make breathing effortless”|Ron Amadeo|August 27, 2020|Ars Technica
The figure of the compassionate mother may come to have greater appeal than that of the aggressive wartime commander.Why female leaders are faring better than ‘wartime presidents’ against COVID-19|matthewheimer|August 20, 2020|Fortune
The company also reported data on remdesivir given for “compassionate use” to children and pregnant women.Remdesivir is looking even better at fighting COVID-19|Tina Hesman Saey|July 20, 2020|Science News For Students
Gilead also reported data on remdesivir given for “compassionate use” to children and pregnant women, meaning no other treatment was available and the individuals could not join a clinical trial.Remdesivir may work even better against COVID-19 than we thought|Tina Hesman Saey|July 13, 2020|Science News
Finally, an international team of researchers gave remdesivir to 53 patients for “compassionate use.”
There is a procedure called “compassionate release” allowing terminally ill men to die at home.
The compassionate release was cancelled and he was sent back to his cell.
I know there are police officers who are kind, compassionate, and smart.
Republicans have a rare opportunity to implement policies that are truly compassionate and transcend toxic identity politics.
This whole thing has made me a way more compassionate and loving person.
It was a pleasant face, sun-bronzed and well-formed, with waving brown hair and eyes that could be gentle and compassionate.
Let us compassionate the critic whose well-trained faculties are thus wasted!The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
She was compassionate and, as she was unable to respect all men, she pitied those who were unfortunate enough to be wicked.Honey-Bee|Anatole France
Dane's eyes were very compassionate as he laid his hand gently on his leader's shoulder.Winston of the Prairie|Harold Bindloss
Sometimes he spoke to her, and, though his voice was strained, his words were cheering and compassionate.The Gold Trail|Harold Bindloss