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  • n. The feeling of joy associated with seeing a loved one love another; contrasted with jealousy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of comparison.


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  • Most of all, it involves a very wonderful word, "compersion," which poly writers describe as the opposite of jealousy.

    Radical Love: An interview with Natty Seidenverg

  • Polys call this process "compersion" — or learning to find personal fulfillment in the emotional and sexual satisfaction of your partner, even if you're not the one doing the satisfying.

    Only You. And You. And You.

  • We are all capable of being poly, provided we can develop compersion (the capacity to take pleasure in the enjoyment by someone you love, of their love for another).


  • Poly teaches you (by necessity) skills that make you a more lovable and valuable community member, skills that will be critical to know to cope with 21st century crises: communication skills, compersion, self-knowledge, honesty, patience, consensus-building, conflict resolution etc.


  • I try to warn people about this (I tell them I am polyamorous, and lazy, explain about compersion, and warn them of my selfishness and insensitivity and intolerance of neediness and expectation) but I still end up hurting people, which does make me unhappy.

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  • Polyamory groups encourage the multilateral relationships where there is a replacement of jealousy with compersion, clear hierarchy of relationships or where or empathizing with a lover's joy with expectations are otherwise fixed.

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  • this is such a useful word.

    May 3, 2010

  • The S-word. *shudder*

    October 17, 2007

  • Oh man. You said that word :-|

    October 17, 2007

  • Sort of the good-spirited opposite of schadenfreude.

    October 17, 2007

  • Definition

    compersion. n. To be happy that someone else is happy. The opposite of jealousy; delight in another's good fortune.

    He felt compersion when his daughter won the lead in the school play.

    She had moved on, and now felt compersion that her ex-husband was able to remarry.

    October 17, 2007