Definitions

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.
  • Complaining.
  • 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

Etymologies

A pseudo-Latin form of French compassioné, past participle of compassionner ("feel sorry for"). (Wiktionary)

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