• Compassion


    • UK IPA: /kÉ™mˈpæʃ.É™n/
    • Rhymes: -æʃən


    From 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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    (countable and uncountable; plural compassions)
    1. Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it
      • 1849, Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow), A practical commentary upon the first Epistle of St. Peter (page 47)Oh! the unspeakable privilege to have Him for our Father, who is the Father of mercies and compassions, and those not barren, fruitless pityings, for He is withal the God of all consolations.

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    1. (obsolete) To pity.
      • 1607, William Shakespeare, , IV. i. 124:O heavens, can you hear a good man groan
        And not relent, or not compassion him?
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