Definition of compassionate in English:

compassionate

Line breaks: com|pas¦sion|ate
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpaʃ(ə)nət
 
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adjective

Derivatives

compassionately

adverb
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  • 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'.

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