compassionate

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.

Definitions of compassionate
  1. adjective
    showing or having compassion
    “heard the soft and compassionate voices of women”
    Synonyms:
    caring
    feeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others
    nurturant
    providing physical and emotional care and nourishment
    tenderhearted
    easily moved by another's distress
    humane
    marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering
    merciful
    showing or giving mercy
    sympathetic
    expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward
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    Antonyms:
    uncompassionate
    lacking compassion or feeling for others
    hardhearted, stonyhearted, unfeeling
    devoid of feeling for others
    merciless, unmerciful
    having or showing no mercy
    unsympathetic
    not sympathetic or disposed toward
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  2. verb
    share the suffering of
    synonyms: condole with, feel for, pity, sympathize with
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    types:
    commiserate, sympathise, sympathize
    to feel or express sympathy or compassion
    care
    feel concern or interest
    condole
    express one's sympathetic grief, on the occasion of someone's death
    type of:
    grieve, sorrow
    feel grief
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