Compassionate

  • 1 Compassionate — Com*pas sion*ate, a. 1. Having a temper or disposition to pity; sympathetic; merciful. [1913 Webster] There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate. South. [1913 Webster] 2. Complaining; inviting… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 compassionate — (adj.) 1580s, from COMPASSION (Cf. compassion) + ATE (Cf. ate) (2). Phrase compassionate conservatism in American political language first recorded by 1992, popularized, if not coined, by Marvin Olasky, University of Texas at Austin instructor …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 Compassionate — Com*pas sion*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compassionated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compassionating}.] To have compassion for; to pity; to commiserate; to sympathize with. [1913 Webster] Compassionates my pains, and pities me. Addison. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 compassionate — index lenient, placable, receptive, susceptible (responsive) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 compassionate — *tender, sympathetic, warmhearted, warm, responsive Analogous words: *pitiful, piteous: merciful, *forbearing, clement, lenient: humane, benevolent, *charitable Contrasted words: merciless, unrelenting, relentless, implacable, *grim: obdurate,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 compassionate — [adj] having tender feelings all heart, being big*, benevolent, bleeding heart*, charitable, commiserative, forbearing, going easy on*, humane, humanitarian, indulgent, kindhearted, kindly, lenient, living with, merciful, old softie*, piteous,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 compassionate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ feeling or showing compassion. DERIVATIVES compassionately adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 compassionate — [kəm pash′ənit; ] for v [., kəm pash′ənāt΄] adj. feeling or showing compassion; sympathizing deeply; pitying vt. compassionated, compassionating to pity SYN. TENDER1 compassionately adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 compassionate — [[t]kəmpæ̱ʃ(ə)nət[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (approval) If you describe someone or something as compassionate, you mean that they feel or show pity, sympathy, and understanding for people who are suffering. My father was a deeply compassionate… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 compassionate — compassionately, adv. compassionateness, n. adj. /keuhm pash euh nit/; v. /keuhm pash euh nayt /, adj., v., compassionated, compassionating. adj. 1. having or showing compassion: a compassionate person; a compassionate letter. 2. granted in an… …

    Universalium

  • 11 compassionate — com|pas|sion|ate [kəmˈpæʃənıt] adj feeling sympathy for people who are suffering ▪ a caring, compassionate man ▪ I allowed him to go home on compassionate grounds . ▪ One measure of a civilized and compassionate society is how well it treats its… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 compassionate — I. adjective Date: 1579 1. having or showing compassion ; sympathetic < a compassionate friend > < a compassionate smile > 2. granted because of unusual distressing circumstances affecting an individual used of some military privileges (as leave) …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 compassionate — 1. adjective /kəmˈpaʃənət,kəmˈpaʃəneɪt/ a) having, feeling of showing compassion; sympathetic b) given to someone because of a domestic emergency, especially in the phrase compassionate leave 2. verb /kəmˈpaʃənət,kəmˈpaʃəneɪt/ To …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 compassionate — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, sound ADVERB ▪ deeply, very ▪ a deeply compassionate man Compassionate is used with these nouns: ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 compassionate — adjective feeling sympathy for people who are suffering: a caring, compassionate man | a compassionate smile compassionately adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 compassionate — com•pas•sion•ate adj. [[t]kəmˈpæʃ ə nɪt[/t]] v. [[t] ˌneɪt[/t]] adj. v. at•ed, at•ing 1) having or showing compassion; sympathetic: a compassionate letter[/ex] 2) cvb granted in an emergency: compassionate military leave to attend a funeral[/ex]… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 compassionate — adjective a compassionate concern for the victims Syn: sympathetic, empathetic, understanding, caring, solicitous, sensitive, warm, loving; merciful, lenient, tolerant, considerate, kind, humane, charitable, bighearted …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 compassionate — adjective /kəmˈpæʃənət/ (say kuhm pashuhnuht) 1. having or showing compassion. 2. on the grounds of compassion: compassionate leave. 3. Obsolete pitiable. –verb (t) /kəmˈpæʃəneɪt/ (say kuhm pashuhnayt) (compassionated, compassionating) 4. to have …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 compassionate — adj. sympathetic, pitying. Phrases and idioms: compassionate leave Brit. leave granted on grounds of bereavement etc. Derivatives: compassionately adv. Etymology: obs. F compassioneacute f. compassioner feel pity (as COMPASSION) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 compassionate — Synonyms and related words: Christian, Christlike, Christly, accepting, ache, affectionate, benign, benignant, bleeding, brotherly, charitable, clement, commiserate, commiserative, condolent, decent, deplore, easy, easygoing, feel for, forbearant …

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