[adjective kuhm-pash-uh-nit; verb kuhm-pash-uh-neyt]
- Archaic. to pity or have compassion for.
Origin of compassionate
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Related Wordssympathetic, benevolent, charitable, warm, merciful, humane, warmhearted, tender, forbearing, sparing, pitying, understanding, humanitarian, indulgent, kindhearted, kindly, lenient, piteous, responsive, softhearted
Examples from the Web for compassionate
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.Are College Educated Police Safer?
December 1, 2014
People were attracted to early Christianity by its compassionate egalitarianism.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
October 29, 2014
Such is the Sierra Leonean way, the most tolerant, compassionate, and friendly people I have found anywhere.In Sierra Leone, the Plague Is Closing in Around Us
October 13, 2014
Our Government must at the same time be both competent and compassionate.
Were you to know how I have suffered, you would be compassionate.The Dream
He was quite incapable of any compassionate feeling about the boy, or about his fate.A Tale of Two Cities
Not one to save her,––not one of all the compassionate people!Poems
William D. Howells
The others looked at him and smiled with an air of compassionate superiority.Fruitfulness
- showing or having compassion
- compassionate leave leave granted, esp to a serviceman, on the grounds of bereavement, family illness, etc
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Word Origin and History for compassionate
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