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Synonyms for compassion
kəmˈpæʃ əncom·pas·sion

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Wiktionary5.0 / 1 vote

  1. compassionnoun

    Synonyms:
    ruth, mercy, kindness, sorrow, empathy, tenderheartedness, heart, pity

  2. compassionnoun

    Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it

    Synonyms:
    tenderheartedness, empathy, pity, mercy, ruth, sorrow, kindness, heart

English Synonyms and Antonyms2.0 / 1 vote

  1. compassion

    Mercy is the exercise of less severity than one deserves, or in a more extended sense, the granting of kindness or favor beyond what one may rightly claim. Grace is favor, kindness, or blessing shown to the undeserving; forgiveness, mercy, and pardon are exercised toward the ill-deserving. Pardon remits the outward penalty which the offender deserves; forgiveness dismisses resentment or displeasure from the heart of the one offended; mercy seeks the highest possible good of the offender. There may be mercy without pardon, as in the mitigation of sentence, or in all possible alleviation of necessary severity; there may be cases where pardon would not be mercy, since it would encourage to repetition of the offense, from which timely punishment might have saved. Mercy is also used in the wider sense of refraining from harshness or cruelty toward those who are in one's power without fault of their own; as, they besought the robber to have mercy. Clemency is a colder word than mercy, and without its religious associations, signifying mildness and moderation in the use of power where severity would have legal or military, rather than moral sanction; it often denotes a habitual mildness of disposition on the part of the powerful, and is matter rather of good nature or policy than of principle. Leniency or lenity denotes an easy-going avoidance of severity; these words are more general and less magisterial than clemency; we should speak of the leniency of a parent, the clemency of a conqueror. Compare PITY.

    Synonyms:
    benevolence, benignity, blessing, clemency, favor, forbearance, forgiveness, gentleness, grace, kindness, lenience, leniency, lenity, mercy, mildness, pardon, pardon, pity, tenderness

    Antonyms:
    cruelty, hardness, harshness, implacability, justice, penalty, punishment, revenge, rigor, severity, sternness, vengeance

    Preposition:
    The mercy of God to or toward sinners; have mercy on or upon one.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 3 votes

  1. compassion

    Synonyms:
    pity, sympathy, condolence, tenderness, fellow-feeling, commiseration, pardon

    Antonyms:
    hardheartedness, unforgiveness, cruelty, antipathy, denunciation, condemnation, vindictiveness, retaliation

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. compassion, compassionatenessnoun

    a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

    Synonyms:
    compassionateness, pity

  2. compassion, pitynoun

    the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it

    Synonyms:
    shame, commiseration, pathos, compassionateness, pity, ruth

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. compassionnoun

    Synonyms:
    pity, commiseration, sympathy, tenderness, kindness, kindliness, clemency, fellow-feeling, bowels of compassion, melting mood

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words3.0 / 2 votes

  1. compassionnoun

    Synonyms:
    pity, sympathy, commiseration, condolence mercy

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "compassion":

    sympathy, compassionate, caring, empathy, mercy, warm-heartedness, pity

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How to use compassion in a sentence?

  1. Goa Kerle:

    Don 't put mediocrity, insensitivity and tradition before sound reason and compassion.

  2. Christopher Germer:

    A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.

  3. Louis V. Gerstner Jr.:

    No machine can replace the human spark: spirit, compassion, love and understanding.

  4. Christer Fallman:

    If you want to open up a place like this in Uganda it would be a nice way to start because this is such a good way, probably the best one, it's about older people who need security and somewhere to live, and compassion is the way to break the ice in hard-hearted people.

  5. Georges Bernanos:

    I know the compassion of others is a relief at first. I don't despise it. But it can't quench pain, it slips through your soul as through a sieve. And when our suffering has been dragged from one pity to another, as from one mouth to another, we can no longer respect or love it.


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