Definition of compassion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəmˈpæʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpæʃn//
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[uncountable] compassion (for somebody) a strong feeling of sympathy for people who are suffering and a desire to help them to feel/show compassion She was known as a hard woman with no compassion, no emotion. In an overworked doctor, feelings of compassion are soon lost. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati ‘suffer with’.Extra examples He was filled with overwhelming love and compassion for his wife. I felt no compassion towards her. I survived. Someone or something had had compassion on me. In cities where many people beg, citizens quickly develop compassion fatigue. The old people are treated with great compassion.
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