Compassionate

 

2009 Love is Innocence So Long - Marcellous Lovelace
2009 Love is Innocence So Long - Marcellous Lovelace

Compassion is a profound human emotion prompted by the pain of others. More vigorous thanempathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context asaltruism. In ethical terms, the various expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Ruleembody by implication the principle of compassion: Do to others what you would have them do to you. [1] Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues.

com·pas·sion·ate 
Pronunciation:
\kəm-ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət\
Function:
adjective
Date:
1579

 

 

 

 

1 : having or showing compassion : sympathetic <a compassionate friend> <acompassionate smile>2 : granted because of unusual distressing circumstances affecting an individual —used of some military privileges (as leave)

 

— com·pas·sion·ate·ly adverb
— com·pas·sion·ate·ness noun

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