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
SOME ON THE RIGHT argue that by putting the word compassionate in front of conservatism, George W. Bush somehow diminished the principles that have animated the conservative movement since at least the rise of Barry Goldwater in 1964.
If I hear one more time the term compassionate conservatism, I will scream.
COOPER: Are we going to hear the term compassionate conservative?
Psychologist: The term compassionate conservative is an "oxymoron"
"When the term compassionate conservative was invented, that person had just met Dean."
Is this what they call compassionate conservatism?
That's, kind of, the heart of what they call compassionate conservatism: that the American experience must be alive and viable for everyone, and that government has a role to help people have the tools so they can help themselves.
PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: Up front this morning, President Bush is on his way to Cleveland, as Leon just reported, where he will be making a speech about what he calls compassionate conservatism.
I mean, that moment of what I call compassionate conversion for me happened in -- in
This time, death penalty opponents say Bush's decision on whether to delay Beets 'execution will help define what he calls compassionate conservatism.