- The definition of compassion means to have sympathy and want to help a person or people who are going through a difficult time.
An American going to Haiti to help those affected by the 2010 earthquake is an example of compassion.
A girl showing compassion for her friend.
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 compassiō, compassiōn-, from compassus, past participle of compatī, to sympathize : Latin com-, com- + Latin patī, to suffer; see pē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present compassions, present participle compassioning, simple past and past participle compassioned)
- (obsolete) To pity.