If you are compassionate, you feel other people’s pain and struggles as though they were your own. Compassionate people are often moved to work to end the suffering of others, perhaps by feeding the hungry or educating the poor.
Compassionate comes from the Old French noun compassion, which means “sympathy, pity.” The adjective, pronounced “cuhm-PASH-uh-nuht,” means “sympathetic,” like a compassionate friend who shares in your joys and sadnesses, wanting the best for you. As a verb, compassionate, here pronounced “cuhm-PASH-uh-nate,” means “pity,” as in your ability to compassionate with stray dogs and cats.
showing or having compassion“heard the soft and
compassionate voices of women”
caringfeeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others
nurturantproviding physical and emotional care and nourishment
tenderheartedeasily moved by another’s distress
humanemarked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering
mercifulshowing or giving mercy
sympatheticexpressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward
share the suffering of