pass-, pati-

(Latin: suffering, feeling; enduring)

compassion (s) (noun), compassions (pl)
A recognition, perception, and deep sympathy or pity of the sufferings or troubles of another, accompanied by an urge to help: Mrs. Smith's neighbor was so kind-hearted and showed so much compassion after Mrs. Smith lost her husband in a plane crash.

Compassion is the sympathy with which some people remember the homeless because it costs nothing.

—Based on an Evan Esar quote.
compassionable
compassionate (adjective); more compassionate, most compassionate
1. Conveying a feeling or showing sorrow for the misfortunes of another person; sympathetic, kind-hearted, pitying: After the death of Mr. Smith, a colleague at work, Janet wrote a compassionate letter to his wife reflecting her sorrow at the loss of her husband.
2. Relating to, or characterized by, thoughts of helping others in their sufferings: Many refugees will never forget the compassionate and sympathetic support they received from the volunteers after their hardships of crossing the sea and landing in Europe.
Merciful and sympathetic.
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compassionately
In a compassionate manner.
compassionless
Having no sympathy or pity; without compassion.
compassive
Feeling or showing compassion; sympathetic, compassionate, pitiful.
compassivity
A condition of suffering, or of being affected, together with another.
compatibility
Mutual tolerance; consistency, congruity, rapport, like-mindedness.
compatible (adjective); more compatible, most compatible
1. Referring to people who get along well together in agreement or harmony; rapport: The two friends, Janet and Mary, were very compatible and so they often spent their holidays together.

Jack and Sally loved and trusted each other believing that they could have a compatible marriage with an amicable relationship.

2. Adaptable for simple and effortless interaction: Jane had to get a new printer because her old one wasn't compatible with her new computer.
Descriptive of a harmonious relationship.
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compatibleness
Compatibility; consistency; fitness; agreement.
compatibly
With compatibility; fitly; suitably; consistently.
counterpassion
A passion opposed to or the opposite of another.
dispassion
Absence of passion, bias, or emotion; condition of coolness toward someone or something; apathy.
dispassionate (adjective), more dispassionate, most dispassionate
1. A reference to being free from emotions or bias: The teacher heard both sides of the argument that the two students were having in a dispassionate and reasonable way and she gave her advice for a solution which would satisfy each one.
2. Conveying no influence by strong feeling; especially, not affected by personal or emotional involvements: The surgeon, who was performing the operation, maintained a dispassionate manner even though the patient was his son.
Uninfluenced by emotion or bias, impartial.
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dispassionately
In an impartially dispassionate manner: "Although he was looking at the other woman, he did it dispassionately."

"He spoke dispassionately about the accident he just had."

Quiz If you would like to take a couple of self-scoring quizzes over some of the words in this section, then click on the Pati-Quiz links below.

Quiz Self-scoring Pass-, Pati- Quiz #1.

Quiz Self-scoring Pass-, Pati- Quiz #2.



Related-word units meaning feeling: aesth-; senso-; patho-.