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adjective com·pas·sion·ate \kəm-ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət\

Definition of compassionate

  1. 1 :  having or showing compassion :  sympathetic a compassionate friend a compassionate smile

  2. 2 :  granted because of unusual distressing circumstances affecting an individual —used of some military privileges (as leave) The soldier was granted compassionate leave following the death of his father.

compassionately

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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

Origin and Etymology of compassionate

see compassion


First Known Use: 1579


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compassionate

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verb com·pas·sion·ate \-ˈpa-shə-ˌnāt\

Definition of compassionate

compassionated

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compassionating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

see compassion


First Known Use: 1592



COMPASSIONATE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective com·pas·sion·ate \kəm-ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət\

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

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

Definition of compassionate for Students

  1. :  having or showing pity for and desire to help someone



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