compassionate

[adjective kuhm-pash-uh-nit; verb kuhm-pash-uh-neyt]
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adjective
  1. having or showing compassion: a compassionate person; a compassionate letter.
  2. granted in an emergency: compassionate military leave granted to attend a funeral.
  3. Obsolete. pitiable.
verb (used with object), com·pas·sion·at·ed, com·pas·sion·at·ing.
  1. Archaic. to pity or have compassion for.

Origin of compassionate

First recorded in 1580–90; compassion + -ate1
Related formscom·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverbcom·pas·sion·ate·ness, nounun·com·pas·sion·ate, adjectiveun·com·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverbun·com·pas·sion·ate·ness, noun

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1. pitying, sympathizing, sympathetic, tender.
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Examples from the Web for compassionate

Contemporary Examples of compassionate

Historical Examples of compassionate

  • 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

    Emile Zola

  • He was quite incapable of any compassionate feeling about the boy, or about his fate.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • 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

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for compassionate

compassionate

adjective
  1. showing or having compassion
  2. 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
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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