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compassionnoun [U]

uk   us   /kəmˈpæʃ.ən/ approving
a ​strongfeeling of ​sympathy and ​sadness for the ​suffering or ​badluck of ​others and a ​wish to ​help them: I was ​hoping she might show a little compassion.
(Definition of compassion from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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compassionnoun [U]

 us   /kəmˈpæʃ·ən/
a ​strongfeeling of ​sympathy and ​sadness for other people’s ​suffering or ​badluck and a ​desire to ​help
compassionate
adjective  us   /kəmˈpæʃ·ə·nət/
a compassionate man
(Definition of compassion from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “compassion”
in Korean 연민, 동정…
in Arabic رَحمة, حَنان…
in Malaysian belas kasihan…
in French compassion…
in Russian сострадание, сочувствие…
in Chinese (Traditional) 同情,憐憫,惻隱之心…
in Italian compassione…
in Turkish şefkat, merhamet, sevecenlik…
in Polish współczucie…
in Spanish compasión…
in Vietnamese lòng thương…
in Portuguese compaixão…
in Thai ความเห็นใจ…
in German das Mitleid…
in Catalan compassió…
in Japanese 思いやり…
in Chinese (Simplified) 同情,怜悯,恻隐之心…
in Indonesian belas kasihan…
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