Definition of compassion in English:



mass noun
  • Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

    ‘the victims should be treated with compassion’
    • ‘It could have been a testament to the horror of war and the need for love and compassion.’
    • ‘He demands no sympathy, but his articulate analysis enlists our compassion all the same.’
    • ‘Magnanimity and compassion are my favourite virtues, but realism is close behind.’
    • ‘We missed the feeding, thanks to me and my friends' compassion for my emotions.’
    • ‘This fact alone should ensure that we as a civilised country treat animals with more compassion.’
    • ‘When disaster falls or tragedy strikes, what are the borders of our emotions and our compassion?’
    • ‘It is true that a small act of love and compassion moves the world and touches people.’
    • ‘The day that we lose compassion for our fellow human beings will be a sad day indeed for humanity.’
    • ‘He moves silently in their midst with a gentle smile of infinite compassion.’
    • ‘They have absolutely no feeling of compassion and they are not sorry for what they did.’
    • ‘There is not one word of compassion or concern for the inevitable victims of another onslaught.’
    • ‘Gentleness and compassion cannot coexist with aggression and hatred toward others.’
    • ‘However, lofty doctors who show no warmth, compassion or concern are becoming rare.’
    • ‘At home, she was always taught that compassion and understanding came before judgment.’
    • ‘He had no pity, no compassion, no understanding of what the victims of war suffered.’
    • ‘All that commitment to charity, compassion, and love was actually fuelled by hate.’
    • ‘Yet, the justice system frequently shows mercy and compassion to those responsible.’
    • ‘I doubt if they understand what compassion is, let alone know if they are not being given any.’
    • ‘After supping her fill of horrors, her capacity to feel compassion was deeply affected.’
    • ‘There was no look of compassion or pity on her face, nothing save the cool gaze of her narrow eyes.’
    pity, sympathy, feeling, fellow feeling, empathy, understanding, care, concern, solicitude, solicitousness, sensitivity, tender-heartedness, soft-heartedness, warm-heartedness, warmth, love, brotherly love, tenderness, gentleness, mercy, mercifulness, leniency, lenience, tolerance, consideration, kindness, humanity, humaneness, kind-heartedness, charity, benevolence
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Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati ‘suffer with’.