compassionate

adjective
com·​pas·​sion·​ate | \ kəm-ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce compassionate (audio) \

Definition of compassionate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

compassionate

verb
com·​pas·​sion·​ate | \ kəm-ˈpa-shə-ˌnāt How to pronounce compassionate (audio) \
compassionated; compassionating

Definition of compassionate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: pity … even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men …— John Quincy Adams

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Other Words from compassionate

Adjective

compassionately adverb
compassionateness noun

Examples of compassionate in a Sentence

Adjective a compassionate person by nature a compassionate smile made the refugees feel a little better Verb a gentle soul who could compassionate even the most reprobate of scoundrels and villains
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Alexandra joked that maybe some compassionate mountain god would notice their state and sort them out with a piece of butter or fat. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 Your brunches are ideal for this, not to mention a compassionate way to stay close. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "How to tell a friend you dislike her partner," 6 Aug. 2019 Your brunches are ideal for this, not to mention a compassionate way to stay close. Adapted from a recent online discussion. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: Should I tell her why nobody wants to visit her?," 6 Aug. 2019 Your brunches are ideal for this, not to mention a compassionate way to stay close. Carolyn Hax, al, "Carolyn Hax: Lay out the facts for friend whose partner ‘makes your skin crawl’," 5 Aug. 2019 Your brunches are ideal for this, not to mention a compassionate way to stay close. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Friend with icky boyfriend wonders why no one goes on double dates," 5 Aug. 2019 Adamic, 60, volunteered at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, where she was remembered as compassionate, honest and inclusive. Los Angeles Times, "34 people trapped on burning boat. The crew was asleep and unable to help, officials say," 13 Sep. 2019 The partnership between workers and Kaiser management over the last 20 years has been successful in raising the level of compassionate care and good jobs in our communities. Shelly Fowlkes, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Over 3,000 Colorado Kaiser frontline workers ready to strike for quality patient care," 23 Aug. 2019 As summer camps kick off around the nation, some young people in metro Phoenix are learning about the compassionate care of animals. Abbagail Leon, azcentral, "Phoenix summer camp turns kids into responsible animal caregivers, leaders," 22 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At age 49, the Juilliard graduate, who can easily transform from menacing mob boss to compassionate father with a mere expression change, is having the kind of year an actor can only dream about. Nicole Sperling, HWD, "Michael Stuhlbarg Is This Awards Season’s Most Valuable Player," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of compassionate

Adjective

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for compassionate

Adjective

see compassion

Verb

see compassion

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19 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for compassionate

The first known use of compassionate was in 1579

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compassionate

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of compassionate

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

compassionate

adjective
com·​pas·​sion·​ate | \ kəm-ˈpa-shə-nət How to pronounce compassionate (audio) \

Kids Definition of compassionate

: having or showing pity for and desire to help someone

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