SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Origin of compassion 1300–50; Middle English
Late Latin compassiōn-
passion Related forms com·pas·sion·less, adjective un·com·pas·sion, noun un·com·pas·sioned, adjective
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compassioned his great weakness, as he wiped away the moisture which, even on that cold day, glistened on his forehead. British Dictionary definitions for compassioned noun a feeling of distress and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it Word Origin for compassion
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 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).
compassio is an ecclesiastical loan-translation of Greek sympatheia (see sympathy). An Old English loan-translation of compassion was efenðrowung.
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