One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others.
pitying, sympathetic, empathetic, understanding, caring, concerned, solicitous, sensitive, tender-hearted, soft-hearted, warm-hearted, warm, loving, tender, gentle, merciful, lenient, tolerant, considerate, thoughtful, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, humanitarian, humane, charitable, benevolent, good-natured, well disposed, big-heartedView synonyms
- ‘He is a compassionate man with vision who tirelessly pursues his lofty goals.’
- ‘They usually become more open, understanding, compassionate and reasonable.’
- ‘The Council will at all times act in a humane and compassionate fashion.’
- ‘Kitty was full of good nature and her kind and compassionate ways endeared her to one and all.’
- ‘You were a very caring and compassionate man, who was always there to lend a helping hand.’
- ‘One of the lessons she tried to teach her son is to be compassionate and have a warm heart.’
- ‘I think this is why I have such a complete acceptance of death, and only wish to die in a dignified and compassionate way.’
- ‘Could we not have protected our borders in more humane and compassionate ways?’
- ‘Many are mourning the death of a warm, intelligent and compassionate young woman.’
- ‘If we cannot be compassionate to animals, heaven help the human race.’
- ‘A compassionate and civilised society must find a way to understand and accommodate refugees.’
- ‘He is the kindest, most compassionate, humble and gentle soul I have ever met.’
- ‘He is very caring and compassionate, and is very protective towards his mother and sister.’
- ‘Doreen was renowned for her caring and compassionate nature and her kindness to so many people.’
- ‘The members of this party are among the most caring and compassionate people in the land.’
- ‘He was blessed with a caring and compassionate nature which was ever to the fore.’
- ‘The groom was a caring and compassionate young man who wanted to be her husband, more than anything.’
- ‘We learn to be compassionate and to consider those whose needs are very different to our own.’
- ‘I still have trouble understanding how you can be too tolerant or too compassionate.’
- ‘For such a kind, gentle, and compassionate person, the upheaval of aggression has ceased.’
Late 16th century: from compassion + -ate, influenced by archaic French compassioné ‘feeling pity’.
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