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

compassion

noun
     
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.

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