Definition of Compassion

1. Noun. A deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering.

Exact synonyms: Compassionateness
Specialized synonyms: Heartstrings, Tenderheartedness, Tenderness, Mercifulness, Mercy
Generic synonyms: Fellow Feeling, Sympathy
Derivative terms: Compassionate, Compassionate

2. Noun. The humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it.
Exact synonyms: Pity
Generic synonyms: Mercifulness, Mercy
Derivative terms: Compassionate, Compassionate, Pity

Definition of Compassion

1. n. Literally, suffering with another; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration.

2. v. t. To pity.

Definition of Compassion

1. Noun. Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it ¹

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Definition of Compassion

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Literary usage of Compassion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone (1876)
"(10) "The injured, through compassion, will often forbear to r*jn-i prosecute; juries, through compassion, will sometimes forget their oaths, LJ and either ..."

2. Daniel Defoe: His Life and Recently Discovered Writings: Extending from 1716 by Lee, William, Daniel Defoe (1869)
"The Gentleman gave each of them a Shilling; for which they were very thankful. compassion on .Famishing Thieves. AJ, June. ..."

3. The Works of Joseph Bellamy by Joseph Bellamy, Tryon Edwards (1850)
"What is commonly called natural compassion, is not the love here required; ... And besides, natural compassion does not take its rise from any sense of the ..."

4. The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America by Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (1856)
"For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom 1 will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.—Therefore hath he mercy on ..."

5. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings [of The] Annual Meeting by Conference of Charities and Correction (U.S.), National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, National Conference of Social Work (U.S.) (1901)
"Thus began the progress of compassion. compassion signifies not pity, but sympathy, not the love which stands without and looks ..."

6. Sermons by Hugh Blair (1822)
"THE compassion AND BENEFICENCE OF THE DEITY. [Preached before the Society for the Benefit of the Sons of the Clergy of the Established Church of Scotland, ..."

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