Definition of compassionate in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəmˈpaSHənət/


Feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others.
Example sentences
  • One of the lessons she tried to teach her son is to be compassionate and have a warm heart.
  • I still have trouble understanding how you can be too tolerant or too compassionate.
  • He is the kindest, most compassionate, humble and gentle soul I have ever met.
sympathetic, empathetic, understanding, caring, solicitous, sensitive, warm, loving;
merciful, lenient, tolerant, considerate, kind, humane, charitable, big-hearted



Pronunciation: /kəmˈpaSH(ə)nətlē/
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.


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

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Syllabification: com·pas·sion·ate

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