• (British, America) IPA: /kəmˈpæʃ.ən/

compassion (uncountable)

  1. Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it.
    • 1849, Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow), A practical commentary upon the first Epistle of St. Peter (page 47)
      Oh! the unspeakable privilege to have Him for our Father, who is the Father of mercies and compassions, and those not barren, fruitless pityings, for He is withal the God of all consolations.
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compassion (compassions, present participle compassioning; past and past participle compassioned)

  1. (obsolete) To pity.
    • 1607, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus, IV. i. 124:
      O heavens, can you hear a good man groan / And not relent, or not compassion him?
    • 1830, The Last of the Supernaturalists, in James Fraser (editor), Fraser's Magazine, Volume 1, page 226 ↗,
      Both wanted in early life the one thing essential to every individual, of whatever nature or degree of intellect, a kind, compassioning adviser; - a true friend; […] .

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