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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Example sentences from the Web for compassionate
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.
People were attracted to early Christianity by its compassionate egalitarianism.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence|Patricia Pearson|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ned Eustace|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is as if the knightly purity of the compassionate face above him has revealed the man to himself in his loathsome degradation.Van Dyck|Estelle M. Hurll
He had fully laced them, and she had almost a compassionate moment as she thought how wet and cold his feet must be.The Best Short Stories of 1920|Various
Thou seest not any fault in the creation of the Compassionate.Selections From The Kur-an|Edward William Lane
This he does by the revelation of the Fatherhood of God, which is not only compassionate but also holy.The Ascent of the Soul|Amory H. Bradford
And when, at last, she had to leave me, it was with compassionate cries and little backward flights.The Little White Bird|J. M. Barrie