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compassion

noun

  1. (sympathy)  a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
    Synonyms: compassionateness. Type of: sympathy
  2. (mercifulness)  the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
    Synonyms: pity. Type of: mercifulness

Etymology summary

Old French compassion "sympathy, pity" (12th century), from Late Latin...
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Compassion

the understanding or empathy for the suffering of others and helping them to come out from the suffering. Compassion is often regarded as emotional in nature, and there is an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that ... (40 of 4387 words, 5 images)

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Compassion (disambiguation)

a profound and positive human emotion prompted by the pain of others. The following are related: Compassion fatigue | Radical compassion | Self-compassion | Compassion may also refer to: Nīlakantha dhāranī - "Great Compassion" - Great Compassion... (34 of 159 words, 12 definitions)

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New World Dictionary:

compassion

sorrow for the sufferings or trouble of another or others, accompanied by an urge to help; deep sympathy; pity (19 of 47 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

compassion

a feeling of distress and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it (20 of 509 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/compassion

Merriam-Webster:

compassion | commiseration [synonym] | sympathy [synonym] | feeling [synonym] | compassionless [adjective, related] | condolence [similar] | regret [similar] | humaneness [similar] | humanity [similar] | ...

sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it (12 of 362 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/compassion

Oxford Dictionary:

compassion

sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others (11 of 59 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

compassion [uncountable]

a feeling of sympathy for someone who is in a bad situation because you understand and care about them (19 of 56 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/compassion

American Heritage Dictionary:

compassion | compassionless [adjective, related]

Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it. (14 of 54 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

compassion [approving]

a strong feeling of sympathy and sadness for the suffering or bad luck of others and a wish to help them (21 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/compassion

Random House Dictionary:

compassion

a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. | ... (23 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/compassion

Wiktionary:

compassion | compassioned [past tense] | compassioning [present participle] | compassions [3rd-person singular present] | empathy [synonym, sense-specific] | pity [synonym, sense-specific] | ruth [synonym, sense-specific] | tenderheartedness [synonym, sense-specific] | sorrow [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it | [obsolete] To pity. (17 of 26 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

compassion

sympathy for the suffering of others, often including a desire to help (12 of 38 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599097​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

compassion

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: Old French compassion "sympathy, pity" (12th century), from Late Latin compassionem (nominative compassio) "sympathy", noun of ... (18 of 51 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

compassion

Origin: Middle English and Old French from ecclesiastical Late Latin compassio, sympathy from compassus, past participle of compati, to ... (18 of 29 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

compassion

Origin: Middle English compassioun, from Late Latin compassiō, compassiōn-, from compassus, past participle of compatī, ... (14 of 28 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

compassion | compassioned [past tense] | compassioning [present participle] | compassions [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin compassio ("sympathy"), from compati, past participle compassus ("to suffer together with"), from Latin com- ("together") + pati ("to suffer"); see passion.

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Merriam-Webster:

compassion

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin compassion-, compassio, from compati to ... (18 of 26 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

compassion

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French, from Late Latin compassiō fellow feeling, from compatī to suffer with, from Latin com- with + patī to bear, suffer

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/compassion

Oxford Dictionary:

compassion

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati "suffer with"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/compassion

Encarta Dictionary:

compassion

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from ecclesiastical Latin compassion- from Latin compass-, past participle of compati

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599097​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

compassion | compassioned [past tense] | compassioning [present participle] | compassions [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "compassion"

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Collins Dictionary:

compassion

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

compassion [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "compassion"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

compassion [uncountable]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

compassion [approving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "compassion"

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the Free Dictionary:

compassion

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Google Dictionary:

compassion | compassions [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

compassion

Audio: North American pronunciation of "compassion"

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YourDictionary Audio:

compassion

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freedictionary.org:

compassion

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