Compassionis 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.  Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues.
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