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Pronunciation:  [adj]kum'pashunit, [v]kum'pashu`neyt, kum'pashunut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  showing or having compassion; "heard the soft and compassionate voices of women"
  2. [adj]  showing recognition of unusually distressful circumstances; "compassionate leave"; "considered for a compassionate discharge because of domestic difficulties"
  3. [adj]  showing merciful compassion; "sparing the child's mother was a compassionate act"
  4. [v]  share the suffering of

COMPASSIONATE is a 13 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: caring, condole with, feel for, humane, nurturant, pity, pitying, sorry, sorry for(p), sympathize with, tenderhearted
 Antonyms: uncompassionate
 See Also: care, commiserate, grieve, merciful, sorrow, sympathetic, sympathise, sympathize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com*pas"sion*ate\, a.
    1. Having a temper or disposition to pity; sympathetic;
             There never was any heart truly great and generous,
             that was not also tender and compassionate. --South.
    2. Complaining; inviting pity; pitiable. [R.] --Shak.
    Syn: Sympathizing; tender; merciful; pitiful.
  2. \Com*pas"sion*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Compassionated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compassionating}.]
    To have compassion for; to pity; to commiserate; to
    sympathize with.
          Compassionates my pains, and pities me.  --Addison.
Thesaurus Terms
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