Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Late Latin compassio, from compati 'to feel sympathy', from Latin com- ( COM-) + pati 'to suffer'


com‧pas‧sion [uncountable]
a strong feeling of sympathy for someone who is suffering, and a desire to help them
compassion for
compassion for the sick
feel/show/have compassion
Did he feel any compassion for the victim of his crime?
with compassion
Lieberman explores this sensitive topic with compassion.
I was shocked by the doctor's lack of compassion.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary