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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compassionate mean? 

  The adjective COMPASSIONATE has 2 senses:

1. showing merciful compassion
2. showing or having compassion

  Familiarity information: COMPASSIONATE used as an adjective is rare.

  The verb COMPASSIONATE has 1 sense:

1. share the suffering of

  Familiarity information: COMPASSIONATE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1compassionate [BACK TO TOP]


Showing merciful compassion

Context example:

sparing the child's mother was a compassionate act


merciful (showing or giving mercy)

Sense 2compassionate [BACK TO TOP]


Showing or having compassion

Context example:

heard the soft and compassionate voices of women


caring (feeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others)

nurturant (providing physical and emotional care and nourishment)

pitying; sorry (feeling or expressing sorrow or pity)

tenderhearted (easily moved by another's distress)


humane (marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering)

merciful (showing or giving mercy)

sympathetic (expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward)


uncompassionate (lacking compassion or feeling for others)


Sense 1compassionate [BACK TO TOP]


Share the suffering of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


compassionate; condole with; feel for; pity; sympathize with

Hypernyms (to "compassionate" is one way to...):

grieve; sorrow (feel grief; eat one's heart out)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compassionate"):

commiserate; sympathise; sympathize (to feel or express sympathy or compassion)

care (feel concern or interest)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

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