verb (used with object), com·pas·sion·at·ed, com·pas·sion·at·ing.
- compass saw,
- compass window,
- compassion club,
- compassion fatigue,
- compassionate conservative,
Origin of compassionate
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.
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
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.