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compassion

[kuh m-pash-uh n]
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noun
  1. a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to compassionate.
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Origin of compassion

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin compassiōn- (stem of compassiō). See com-, passion
Related formscom·pas·sion·less, adjectiveun·com·pas·sion, nounun·com·pas·sioned, adjective

Synonyms

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1. commiseration, mercy, tenderness, heart, clemency. See sympathy.

Antonyms

1. mercilessness, indifference.
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Historical Examples

  • How she compassioned his great weakness, as he wiped away the moisture which, even on that cold day, glistened on his forehead.

    Macaria

    Augusta Jane Evans Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for compassioned

compassion

noun
  1. a feeling of distress and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin compassiō fellow feeling, from compatī to suffer with, from Latin com- with + patī to bear, suffer
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Word Origin and History for compassioned

compassion

n.

mid-14c., from Old French compassion "sympathy, pity" (12c.), from Late Latin compassionem (nominative compassio) "sympathy," noun of state from past participle stem of compati "to feel pity," from com- "together" (see com-) + pati "to suffer" (see passion).

Latin compassio is an ecclesiastical loan-translation of Greek sympatheia (see sympathy). An Old English loan-translation of compassion was efenðrowung.

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