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- (UK, adjective) IPA(key): /kəmˈpæʃənət/
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- (UK, verb) IPA(key): /kəmˈpæʃəneɪt/
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- Having, feeling or showing compassion (to or toward someone).
- Synonyms: empathetic, sympathetic, ruthful
- The Compassionate, the All-Compassionate(names given to God in Islam)
- 1675, Robert South, A Sermon preached at Christ-Church, in Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, London: Thomas Bennett, 1692, p. 574,
- […] there never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender, and compassionate.
- 1849 May – 1850 November, Charles Dickens, chapter 49, in The Personal History of David Copperfield, London: Bradbury & Evans, […], published 1850, →OCLC, page 502:
- He was by nature so exceedingly compassionate of anyone who seemed to be ill at ease […] that he shook hands with Mr. Micawber, at least half-a-dozen times in five minutes.
- 2007, Mohsin Hamid, chapter 7, in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Orlando: Harcourt, page 99:
- […] the compassionate pangs I felt for soon-to-be redundant workers were not overwhelming in their frequency; our job required a degree of commitment that left one with rather limited time for such distractions.
- Given to someone as an exception because of a family emergency or a death in their family.
- (obsolete) Inviting or asking for pity.
- Synonym: pitiable
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene 3]:
having, feeling or showing compassion
- (transitive, archaic) To feel compassion (for someone or with regard to something); to regard (someone or something) with compassion.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter 6, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar, […], →OCLC, book 2, page 83:
- The Justice which Mr. Allworthy had executed on Partridge, at first met with universal Approbation; but no sooner had he felt its Consequences, than his Neighbours began to relent, and to compassionate his Case;
- 1794, William Godwin, chapter 1, in Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, volume 2, London: B. Crosby, page 4:
- And yet I could not help bitterly compassionating the honest fellow, brought to the gallows, as he was, strictly speaking, by the machinations of that devil incarnate, Mr. Tyrrel.
- 1847 October 16, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], chapter III, in Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. […], volume I, London: Smith, Elder, and Co., […], →OCLC, page 38:
- “ […] if she were a nice, pretty child, one might compassionate her forlornness; but one really cannot care for such a little toad as that.”
- 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 16, in The History of Pendennis. […], volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1849–1850, →OCLC:
- Helen laughed at these sentimental remarks, and wondered that Madame herself did not compassionate her lodger, and console him
to feel compassion for
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