from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Feeling or showing compassion; sympathetic. See Synonyms at humane.
- adj. Granted to an individual because of an emergency or other unusual circumstances: compassionate military leave.
- transitive v. To pity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having, feeling of showing compassion; sympathetic.
- adj. Given to someone because of a domestic emergency.
- v. To feel compassion for; to pity, feel sorry for.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a temper or disposition to pity; sympathetic; merciful.
- adj. Complaining; inviting pity; pitiable.
- transitive v. To have compassion for; to pity; to commiserate; to sympathize with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by compassion; full of compassion or pity; easily moved to sympathy by the sufferings, wants, or infirmities of others.
- Calling for or calculated to excite compassion; pitiable; pitiful.
- n. One who compassionates, pities, or commiserates.
- To have compassion for; pity; commiserate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing or having compassion
- v. share the suffering of
A pseudo-Latin form of French compassioné, past participle of compassionner ("feel sorry for"). (Wiktionary)