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compassionate

adjective com·pas·sion·ate \ kəm-ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of compassionate

1 : having or showing compassion : sympathetic
  • a compassionate friend
  • a compassionate smile
2 : granted because of unusual distressing circumstances affecting an individual used of some military privileges (such as leave)
  • The soldier was granted compassionate leave following the death of his father.

compassionately

adverb

compassionateness

noun

Examples of compassionate in a Sentence

  1. a compassionate person by nature

  2. a compassionate smile made the refugees feel a little better

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Origin and Etymology of compassionate


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compassionate

verb com·pas·sion·ate \ kəm-ˈpa-shə-ˌnāt \

Definition of compassionate

compassionated; compassionating
transitive verb
: pity
  • … even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men …
  • —John Quincy Adams

Examples of compassionate in a Sentence

  1. a gentle soul who could compassionate even the most reprobate of scoundrels and villains

Origin and Etymology of compassionate

compassionate Synonyms

Synonyms
ache (for), bleed (for), commiserate (with), pity, condole (with), feel (for), sympathize (with), yearn (over)
Related Words
care (for); grieve (for), sorrow (for); love; empathize (with), identify (with); tolerate, understand
Near Antonyms
disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook; dislike, hate, scorn


COMPASSIONATE Defined for English Language Learners

compassionate

adjective

Definition of compassionate for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing concern for someone who is sick, hurt, poor, etc. : having or showing compassion


COMPASSIONATE Defined for Kids

compassionate

adjective com·pas·sion·ate \ kəm-ˈpa-shə-nət \

Definition of compassionate for Students

: having or showing pity for and desire to help someone


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