ETYM French commisération, from Latin commiseratio a part of an oration intended to excite compassion.
A feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; SYN. pity, ruth, pathos.
ETYM French, from Latin compassio, from compati to have compassion; com- + pati to bear, suffer. Related to Patient.
1. A deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering; SYN. compassionateness.
2. The humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it; SYN. pity.
ETYM Cf. French condoléance.
An expression of sympathy with another's grief; SYN. commiseration.
ETYM Old Eng. merci, French merci, Latin merces, mercedis, hire, pay, reward, Late Lat., equiv. to misericordia pity, mercy. Latin merces is prob. akin to merere to deserve, acquire. Related to Merit, Amerce.
1. Alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed.
2. Something for which to be thankful.
ETYM French sympathie, Latin sympathia, Greek; syn with + pathein to suffer. Related to Syn-, and Pathos.
1. A relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other.
2. An inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion; SYN. understanding.
3. Sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish); SYN. fellow feeling.