- 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.
compassion definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle 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 plush pati, to suffer: see passion
compassion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle 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.
- com·pasˈsion·less adjective