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 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.