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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
compassion
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Compassion & Choices
compassion fatigue
▪ Some donors, battered by so many appeals for help, may find themselves battling compassion fatigue.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
great
▪ Both had a great compassion for men in their frustrations, sufferings and lostness.
▪ Second, he has the rare quality of inner toughness and great compassion.
▪ This is based upon the belief that older people are treated with greater compassion now than ever before.
▪ The Marques de la Colina, who has overseen the trial, feels great compassion for Jacinto.
▪ People are showing me great compassion and I appreciate it ... but it is too awful to talk about.
■ VERB
feel
▪ It is when she feels compassion, rather than revulsion, for the salamander and kisses him that the spell breaks.
▪ Both Lucy and Linus feel compassion, but only Linus acts compassionately.
▪ She didn't want to feel warmth or compassion for Nathan Bryce.
▪ It holds equally true that a compassionate act needs to be spurred by a feeling of compassion to be effective.
▪ I was feeling a certain compassion for him.
▪ He introduced feeling, compassion and pity to compensate for the loss of the comic element.
▪ To feel compassion for men without having been a separatist is dangerous.
▪ The Marques de la Colina, who has overseen the trial, feels great compassion for Jacinto.
show
▪ A debt counsellor who's been helping the family says the lender has shown no compassion.
▪ Too often we just remember the men throughout our history who have shown courage and compassion.
▪ When men show love and compassion they are surely showing the hidden and lasting beauty.
▪ People are showing me great compassion and I appreciate it ... but it is too awful to talk about.
▪ It was shameful when he could so easily have afforded to show compassion.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Of course we must insist on punishment, but the criminal must also be treated with compassion.
▪ Russell's father had no compassion for his son's physical disabilities.
▪ What are you doing now to show compassion toward the victims of torture?
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A debt counsellor who's been helping the family says the lender has shown no compassion.
▪ Asking no questions they watched him, their master now, with compassion.
▪ But councillors will be told on Monday that a compromise linked with compassion may save it.
▪ It is when she feels compassion, rather than revulsion, for the salamander and kisses him that the spell breaks.
▪ Pepe has a lot in common with Boris, thought Ellis: they're both strong, cruel men without decency or compassion.
▪ That sense of compassion could vault to the surface very quickly if the economic miracle began to curdle.
▪ This is a place of compassion, a place of forgiveness.
▪ Through their journey, director Gregory Nava explores the contrasts between politics and compassion.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Compassion

Compassion \Com*pas"sion\, v. t. To pity. [Obs.]
--Shak.

Compassion

Compassion \Com*pas"sion\, n. [F., fr. L. compassio, fr. compati to have compassion; com- + pati to bear, suffer. See Patient.] Literally, suffering with another; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration.

Womanly ingenuity set to work by womanly compassion.
--Macaulay.

Syn: Pity; sympathy; commiseration; fellow-feeling; mercy; condolence. See Pity.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
compassion

mid-14c., from Old French compassion "sympathy, pity" (12c.), from Late Latin compassionem (nominative compassio) "sympathy," noun of state from past participle stem of compati "to feel pity," from com- "together" (see com-) + pati "to suffer" (see passion).\n

\nLatin compassio is an ecclesiastical loan-translation of Greek sympatheia (see sympathy). An Old English loan-translation of compassion was efenðrowung.

Wiktionary
compassion

n. Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it vb. (context obsolete English) To pity.

WordNet
compassion
  1. n. a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering [syn: compassionateness]

  2. the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it [syn: pity]

Wikipedia
Compassion (Doctor Who)

Compassion (or Laura Tobin) is a fictional character in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novels based upon the British science fiction television series, Doctor Who. Compassion was originally from a people known as the Remote, a splinter group of the time travelling voodoo cult Faction Paradox. The Eighth Doctor met her in the novel Interference: Book One by Lawrence Miles, and she went on to become one of his companions.

Compassion (disambiguation)

Compassion is a profound and positive human emotion prompted by the pain of others. The following are related:

  • Compassion fatigue
  • Radical compassion
  • Self-compassion

Compassion may also refer to:

  • Nīlakantha dhāranī - "Great Compassion" - Great Compassion Dhāranī
Compassion (Cecil McBee album)

Compassion is a live album by bassist Cecil McBee's Sextet recorded at Sweet Basil in 1977 and released on the Enja label.

Compassion

Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help.

Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another. Compassion is often regarded as having an emotional aspect to it, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity based on sound judgment. There is also an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual's compassion is often given a property of "depth," "vigour," or " passion." The etymology of "compassion" is Latin, meaning "co-suffering." More involved than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another's suffering.

Compassion is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. In ethical terms, the expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule often embodies by implication the principle of compassion: Do to others what you would have them do to you.

The English nouncompassion, meaning to love together with, comes from Latin. Its prefixcom- comes directly from com, an archaic version of the Latin preposition and affix cum (= with); the -passion segment is derived from passus, past participle of the deponent verb patior, patī, passus sum. Compassion is thus related in origin, form and meaning to the English noun patient (= one who suffers), from patiens, present participle of the same patior, and is akin to the Greek verb πάσχειν (= paskhein, to suffer) and to its cognate noun πάθος (= pathos). Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in almost all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues.

Compassion (Hank Jones album)

Compassion (also released as Foggy Day) is an album by pianist Hank Jones recorded in France in 1978 for the Black & Blue label.

Usage examples of "compassion".

Women, and Children, and the Infirm, are the best Advocates even to the Gods themselves, being the most shiftless Creatures they have made, wherefore the most aptest to move Compassion.

Urine had a more noticeable odor, and if it was urine, and should happen to seep onto the mat--Great Compassion Bodhisattva, protect me!

Never one to turn my back upon a virgin and having only respect and compassion for a young woman so far cheated of a gentle and loving wedding night, I donned the mask and the cloak and went about the enterprise, vowing that I should wring from the young woman tears of ecstasy or count myself a damned soul, and suffice it to say that I emerged from the bedroom some forty-five minutes later a victor on the Stairway to Heaven, having achieved my highest goals.

His aim throughout this book is to show that when we establish conscious contact with our inner resources of creativity by understanding and listening to our dreams, fear and alienation give place to growth and compassion.

Without a paradigm of mutual dialogical recognition and care, there is no way to pull anyone out of divine egoism and into worldcentric compassion, and from there into the Over-Soul that is the World Soul, on the way to the mystery of the Deep altogether, and so instead we watch a life scripted by divine egos, for divine egos, about divine egos, and this is meant to be the basis of a glorious new paradigm.

Saint knew Dwight Baldwin as a man of infinite compassion and caring for his fellowman, but like many men, religious or otherwise, he believed firmly that it was the scheme of things for a woman to undergo childbirth with nothing to ease her agony.

If I found compassion in my soul later for Gunter Arnlaugson, I had none that night.

Lina felt a rush of warmth for Hades and the compassion he was showing Eurydice.

What compassion, what tenderness, what sensitiveness in the affecting picture of the mother Halictus, abandoned, deprived of her offspring, bewildered and lost, when the terrible spring fly has destroyed her house: bald, emaciated, shabby, careworn, already dogged by the small grey lizard!

Upon this the poor fellow immediately expressed so much alacrity, that Jones was perfectly satisfied with his veracity, and began now to entertain sentiments of compassion for him.

In fact, poor Jones was one of the best-natured fellows alive, and had all that weakness which is called compassion, and which distinguishes this imperfect character from that noble firmness of mind, which rolls a man, as it were, within himself, and like a polished bowl, enables him to run through the world without being once stopped by the calamities which happen to others.

Allworthy, as well in compassion to Jones as in compliance with the eager desires of Western, was prevailed upon to promise to attend at the tea-table.

Then he begged him earnestly to press Tirant to remember him and to have compassion on his old age, and on all the people who were in danger of renouncing the faith of Jesus Christ, and on the women and maidens who lived in fear of being dishonored unless they had divine aid and his aid as well.

No doubt history would write that Ben Raines and the Rebels were hard men and women, and no doubt some would write that they were too hard, too lacking in compassion toward the enemy.

But the successe and manner of my comming being demaunded of them, the Nymphes plainly, open and manifest the same at large, whereat the gratious Queene beeing mooued to compassion, caused me to stand vp, and vnderstanding what my name was, began to say.