Definition of Compassionate

1. Verb. Share the suffering of. "Sam cannot compassionate Sue "

Exact synonyms: Condole With, Feel For, Pity, Sympathize With
Generic synonyms: Grieve, Sorrow
Specialized synonyms: Commiserate, Sympathise, Sympathize, Care
Derivative terms: Compassion, Compassion, Pity, Pity

2. Adjective. Showing or having compassion. ; "Heard the soft and compassionate voices of women"

Definition of Compassionate

1. a. Having a temper or disposition to pity; sympathetic; merciful.

2. v. t. To have compassion for; to pity; to commiserate; to sympathize with.

Definition of Compassionate

1. Adjective. having, feeling of showing compassion; sympathetic ¹

2. Adjective. given to someone because of a domestic emergency, especially in the phrase ''compassionate leave'' ¹

3. Verb. (archaic) To feel compassion for; to pity, feel sorry for. ¹

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Definition of Compassionate

1. [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Compassionate


Literary usage of Compassionate

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

1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1882)
"some one should be the very he whom, of all others, I could least bear—but I will not stay to rob myself of all your compassionate good-will, ..."

2. Introduction to the English Reader: Or, A Selection of Pieces in Prose and by Lindley Murray, Israel Alger (1823)
"The compassionate judge assisted in raising the distressed woman; and after inquiring into her character, the number of her children, ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"... the rich robes his queen worked for him, he did not care for them, for he was free from personal vanity. He was charitable, compassionate, and devout ..."

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