[ kuhm-pash-uhn ]
/ kəmˈpæʃ ən /
a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to compassionate.
Origin of compassion
SYNONYMS FOR compassion
Related formscom·pas·sion·less, adjectiveun·com·pas·sion, nounun·com·pas·sioned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for compassionless
/ (kəmˈpæʃən) /
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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