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  • Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it
  • pity
  • tenderheartedness
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Com*pas"sion (?), n. [F., fr. L. compassio, fr. compati to have compassion; com- + pati to bear, suffer. See Patient.] Literally, suffering with another; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration.

Womanly ingenuity set to work by womanly compassion.

Syn. -- Pity; sympathy; commiseration; fellow-feeling; mercy; condolence. See Pity.

Com*pas"sion, v. t. To pity. [Obs.] Shak.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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