compassionate

[adjective kuhm-pash-uh-nit; verb kuhm-pash-uh-neyt]

adjective

having or showing compassion: a compassionate person; a compassionate letter.
granted in an emergency: compassionate military leave granted to attend a funeral.
Obsolete. pitiable.

verb (used with object), com·pas·sion·at·ed, com·pas·sion·at·ing.

Archaic. to pity or have compassion for.

Nearby words

  1. compass saw,
  2. compass window,
  3. compassion,
  4. compassion club,
  5. compassion fatigue,
  6. compassionate conservative,
  7. compassionately,
  8. compaternity,
  9. compathy,
  10. compatible

Origin of compassionate

First recorded in 1580–90; compassion + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for compassionate

compassionate

adjective

showing or having compassion
compassionate leave leave granted, esp to a serviceman, on the grounds of bereavement, family illness, etc
Derived Formscompassionately, adverbcompassionateness, noun

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Word Origin and History for compassionate

compassionate

adj.

1580s, from compassion + -ate (1). Related: Compassionately. Phrase compassionate conservatism in American political language recorded by 1992, popularized, if not coined, by Marvin Olasky, University of Texas at Austin instructor.

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