A girl showing compassion for her friend.
An American going to Haiti to help those affected by the 2010 earthquake is an example of compassion.
Origin of compassionMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin compassio, sympathy ; from compassus, past participle of compati, to feel pity ; from Classical Latin com-, together + pati, to suffer: see passion
Origin of compassionMiddle English compassioun, from Late Latin compassi&omacron;, compassi&omacron;n-, from compassus, past participle of compat&imacron;, to sympathize : Latin com-, com- + Latin pat&imacron;, to suffer; see p&emacron;(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present compassions, present participle compassioning, simple past and past participle compassioned)
- (obsolete) To pity.