Compassionate Com*pas"sion*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compassionated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compassionating}.] To have compassion for; to pity; to commiserate; to sympathize with. [1913 Webster]

Compassionates my pains, and pities me. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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