1. Having a temper or disposition to pity; sympathetic; merciful.
There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate. --South.
2. Complaining; inviting pity; pitiable. [R.]
Syn: -- Sympathizing; tender; merciful; pitiful.
Com·pas·sion·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compassionated p. pr. & vb. n. Compassionating ] To have compassion for; to pity; to commiserate; to sympathize with.
Compassionates my pains, and pities me. --Addison.
adj 1: showing merciful compassion; "sparing the child's mother was
a compassionate act"
2: showing or having compassion; "heard the soft and
compassionate voices of women" [ant: uncompassionate]
3: showing recognition of unusually distressful circumstances;
"compassionate leave"; "considered for a compassionate
discharge because of domestic difficulties"
v : share the suffering of [syn: feel for, pity, condole
with, sympathize with]