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Pronunciation:  kum'pashun

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  1. [n]  the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
  2. [n]  a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

COMPASSION is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: compassionateness, pity
 See Also: fellow feeling, mercifulness, mercifulness, mercy, mercy, sympathy, tenderheartedness, tenderness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com*pas"sion\, n. [F., fr. L. compassio, fr. compati
    to have compassion; com- + pati to bear, suffer. See
    Literally, suffering with another; a sensation of sorrow
    excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity;
          Womanly ingenuity set to work by womanly compassion.
    Syn: Pity; sympathy; commiseration; fellow-feeling; mercy;
         condolence. See {Pity}.
  2. \Com*pas"sion\, v. t.
    To pity. [Obs.] --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acceptance, affectionateness, benevolence, benignancy, benignity, brotherhood, charity, clemency, clementness, commiseration, condolence, easiness, easygoingness, empathy, favor, feeling, feeling of kinship, fellow feeling, forbearance, forbearing, forgiveness, fraternal feeling, gentleness, goodness, goodness of heart, grace, graciousness, heart of gold, humaneness, humanity, kindheartedness, kindliness, kindly disposition, kindness, laxness, lenience, leniency, lenientness, lenity, loving kindness, mercifulness, mercy, mildness, mitigation, moderateness, niceness, pardon, pathos, patience, pity, quarter, relief, reprieve, rue, ruth, self-pity, softheartedness, softness, soul of kindness, sympathy, tenderheartedness, tenderness, tolerance, warmheartedness, warmth, warmth of heart