Definition of compassion in English:



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

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