Compassion



[kuh m-pash-uh n] /kəmˈpæʃ ən/

noun
1.
a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
verb (used with object)
2.
Archaic. to .
/kəmˈpæʃən/
noun
1.
a feeling of distress and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it
n.

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).

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

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