Origin of compassionMiddle English and 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
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 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.
- There was compassion in her sparkling gaze despite the gentle humor in her voice.
- Still, as welcome as his compassion was, it only served to increase her tears.
- "Kindness and compassion aren't weaknesses," she countered.
- Martha was unable to get by her natural compassion of the moment and look at a long term goal.
- He stared at her and for a second she thought there was a glimmer of the old compassion - but then it was gone.