• WordNet 3.6
    • adj compassionate showing or having compassion "heard the soft and compassionate voices of women"
    • v compassionate share the suffering of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Compassionate Complaining; inviting pity; pitiable.
    • Compassionate Having a temper or disposition to pity; sympathetic; merciful. "There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate ."
    • v. t Compassionate To have compassion for; to pity; to commiserate; to sympathize with. "Compassionates my pains, and pities me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • compassionate Characterized by compassion; full of compassion or pity; easily moved to sympathy by the sufferings, wants, or infirmities of others.
    • compassionate Calling for or calculated to excite compassion; pitiable; pitiful.
    • compassionate Complaining.
    • n compassionate One who compassionates, pities, or commiserates.
    • compassionate To have compassion for; pity; commiserate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Compassionate inclined to pity or mercy: merciful
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  • Keshavan Nair
    Keshavan Nair
    “With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”
  • Robert Frost
    “There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.”
  • William John Bennett
    William John Bennett
    “A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. compassiocom, with, pati, passus, to suffer.


In literature:

A compassionate Mexican at last closed the tragic scene by shooting him.
"The Old Santa Fe Trail" by Henry Inman
Somebody at least there was to help and compassionate with him.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
This was done in the name of love, in the name of mercy, in the name of the compassionate Christ.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
This story shows that a compassionate man oftentimes gets his reward.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
Did the compassionate God create the cancer so that it might feed on the quivering flesh of this victim?
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
Compassionate sorrow was overflowing from his heart.
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Warden so compassionate towards the poor.
"Tales of Two Countries" by Alexander Kielland
Some also subsisted on the lucky possession of a fetish, an idol compassionate to human sufferings.
"Rome From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Besides, he was just and compassionate.
"Gaspar Ruiz" by Joseph Conrad
Overwhelmed with the shame and indignity of this false position, she implored her mother's brother to compassionate her.
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
I implore you to be compassionate.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Compassionate sorrow was overflowing from his heart.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Thank you: you grow sweeter and more truly compassionate day by day.
"The Grafters" by Francis Lynde
God knew it, too, and He is compassionate.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
Whatever happens in this dim world, we should be tender and compassionate of one another.
"The Silent Isle" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Suffer yourself to be moved by some feeling of humanity: be compassionate towards a man who has been tried by so many reverses!
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
The Italian lady responded effusively, and more sincerely cooed and murmured her compassionate interest in his daughter.
"Between The Dark And The Daylight" by William Dean Howells
O God the Compassionate, the Merciful!
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 99, March, 1876" by Various
I sincerely Compassionate their unhappy case & I pray God to find out some Way for their Relief.
"The Bay State Monthly - Volume 1, Issue 4 - April, 1884" by Various
The Puritan, whose approach had been unperceived, laid his hand upon the child's shoulder and addressed him compassionately.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

In poetry:

Oft the savage Tale in telling
Less of Love than Wrath and Hate,
Hath within its fierceness dwelling
Some pure note compassionate.
"Gaelic Legends" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
O Christ, thou King compassionate!
Our hearts possess, on Thee we wait:
Help us to render praises due,
To Thee the endless ages through!
"The Morning Kindles All the Sky" by Augusta Treverorum
Nay, thou art right; what recks thy name or state,
Since thou art lovely and compassionate.
Play out thy will on me: I am thy lyre.
"The Pierrot Of The Minute" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
There all his thoughts and wishes tend,
Anxious he marks the heavenly road,
Compassionates the senseless world,
And languishesto be with God;
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
How on a Sabbath, hushed and compassionate—
She being known since her birth to the townsfolk—
Stratford dredged and delivered from Avon
Dripping Ophelia
"The Craftsman" by Rudyard Kipling
That frail woman, supporting her tender body which he has laid repeatedly in
great suffering on a couch, will certainly cause even you to shed tears in the
form of fresh rain. Generally all tender-hearted beaing have a compassionate
"The Cloud Messenger - Part 04" by Kalidasa

In news:

The electability tests for these types seem to be caring, compassionate, charismatic and a person you would like to have a beer with.
Romney emerges consistently compassionate and competent .
Rethinking my criticism of 'compassionate conservatism .
Bush liked to say that he was a "different kind of Republican," that he was a "compassionate conservative .".
According to compassionate conservatives, reflexive anti-statism on the right is foolish, for there are many important -- and conservative -- things the state can do right.
Bush liked to say that he was a "different kind of Republican," that he was a "compassionate conservative .
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced Thursday it's honoring the crews with its Compassionate Action Award.
A Utica family is thankful for the generous and compassionate spirit of their community after their dog was found after going missing in West Utica on Tuesday night.
The second center, the Compassionate Care Foundation, will be located in Egg Harbor Township.
This endlessly adorable music video for Herman Dune 's "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" casts Jon as a very compassionate driver who gives a homeless yeti the ride of his life and finds a best friend in the process.
"Compassionate release" should happen more often.
Conventional wisdom states that Latinos are conservative and compassionate people.
Or, will we be a loving, compassionate, inclusive society, meeting every person's needs in a fair and just manner.
The logic of "compassionate conservatism".
Barbara Joan Whitacre, 78, of North Canton, died Monday, Nov 26, 2012, at Aultman Hospital Compassionate Care Center after a short illness.