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Synonyms for compassion
kəmˈpæʃ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compassion, compassionateness(noun)

    a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

    compassionateness, pity

  2. compassion, pity(noun)

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

    shame, commiseration, pathos, compassionateness, pity, ruth


  1. compassion(noun)

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

  2. compassion(noun)

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

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

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

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

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. compassion

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. compassion(n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. compassion(n)

    pity, sympathy, commiseration, condolence mercy

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "compassion":

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

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  1. Katy Perry:

    It’s a combination of compassion, humility, sternness and refusal. He is rebel – a rebel for Jesus, he is bringing the Church back to humility and connecting with people. He’s very humble and not frivolous.

  2. Daniel Garza:

    Unlike maybe all the other pieces [ of the immigration reform debate ], there is bipartisan support for Dreamers, the decision was made for the children to come to America ; they had no decision in the matter. Americans understand that and have compassion for that.

  3. Amit Ray:

    Compassion is contagious. Every moment we choose compassion, we move towards a better world.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who is fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that's shameful, that's not American, that's not who we are. We don't have religious tests (for) our compassion.

  5. Allison Silberberg:

    It speaks to who we are. That we are a city of kindness and compassion, a city where we’re not just tolerant but embracing and accepting where diversity is a core value.

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    A synonym for scanty
    • A. Spurious
    • B. Gumption
    • C. Inaugurate
    • D. Dearth

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