Definition of compassionate in English:

compassionate

Syllabification: com·pas·sion·ate
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpaSHənət
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

compassionately

adverb
More example sentences
  • Champions of individual liberty often believe even more firmly than critics in doing the right thing, including acting generously, compassionately, and helpfully - in the spirit of community.
  • In the process, Nicholson actually transforms the unlikable Schmidt into a sympathetic and compassionately tragic character.
  • When people have an instinctive belief that a crime will be investigated, prosecuted and punished swiftly, compassionately and impartially, it indicates that their country is or is becoming what we all want a nation to be.

Origin

late 16th century: from compassion + -ate2, influenced by archaic French compassioné 'feeling pity'.

More definitions of compassionate

Definition of compassionate in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw