Compassion meaning

kəm-păsh'ən
Sorrow for the sufferings or trouble of another or others, accompanied by an urge to help; deep sympathy; pity.
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Deep awareness of the suffering of another accompanied by the wish to relieve it.
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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.

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Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it.
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(obsolete) To pity.

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Origin of compassion

  • Middle English compassioun from Late Latin compassiō compassiōn- from compassus past participle of compatī to sympathize Latin com- com- Latin patī to suffer pē(i)- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin compassio (“sympathy”), from compati, past participle compassus (“to suffer together with”), from Latin com- (“together”) + pati (“to suffer”); see passion.
    From Wiktionary