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.

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Origin of compassionate

First recorded in 1580–90; compassion + -ate1

SYNONYMS FOR compassionate

1 pitying, sympathizing, sympathetic, tender.

OTHER WORDS FROM compassionate

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Example sentences from the Web for compassionate

  • He is almoner to the uncompassionate, who but for him would give no alms.

  • Karl Karl'itch, on the contrary, was the personification of uncompassionate, inflexible law.

    Russia|Donald Mackenzie Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for compassionate

compassionate
/ (kəmˈpæʃənət) /

adjective

showing or having compassion
compassionate leave leave granted, esp to a serviceman, on the grounds of bereavement, family illness, etc

Derived forms of compassionate

compassionately, adverbcompassionateness, noun
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