If someone shows kindness, caring, and a willingness to help others, they're showing compassion.

This is a word for a very positive emotion that has to do with being thoughtful and decent. Giving to a charity takes compassion. Volunteering to work with sick people or animals takes compassion. When you have compassion, you're putting yourself in someone else's shoes and really feeling for them. Anytime a disaster like a hurricane or earthquake hits, others will feel compassion for the victims. When you feel compassion for someone, you really want to help out.

Definitions of compassion

n a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

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your deepest feelings of love and compassion
tenderheartedness, tenderness
warm compassionate feelings
mercifulness, mercy
the feeling that motivates compassion
compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive
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fellow feeling, sympathy
sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)

n the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it

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mercifulness, mercy
a disposition to be kind and forgiving

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