compassionate

[ adjective kuhm-pash-uh-nit; verb kuhm-pash-uh-neyt ]
/ adjective kəmˈpæʃ ə nɪt; verb kəmˈpæʃ əˌneɪt /

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.

Origin of compassionate

First recorded in 1580–90; compassion + -ate1
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compassionate

/ (kəmˈpæʃənət) /

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 compassionately

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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