No Matter How You Say It: Compassion

by | Feb 1, 2022 | No Matter How You Say It | 0 comments

Word Origin

From Latin com “with, together”+ pati “to suffer”. Can you see how Compassion is suffering with someone? Part of compassion is empathy, but the true value of Compassion comes when this feeling spurs you to action.

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Sign Language

Check out the following links from for the American Sign Language interpretation of the words:

Compassioncan you see Compassion coming from your heart?

Indifferent – go to the second option – can you see how uncaring indifference is?



  • A bleeding heart
  • A heart full of love
  • Be filled with compassion
  • Be moved by someone’s plight
  • Being a Good Samaritan
  • Close your eyes to someone’s suffering
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Could not bring yourself to do something
  • Don’t have the heart to do something
  • Extend compassion
  • Feel someone’s pain
  • Have a cold heart
  • Have a heart of gold
  • Have a soft spot for someone
  • Melt someone’s heart
  • Open your heart
  • Put yourself in someone’s shoes
  • Reach out with compassion
  • Show compassion
  • Turn a blind eye to someone’s plight
  • Understand where someone is coming from
  • Walk a mile in someone’s shoes


                              Spanish: compassion
                              French: la compassion
                              Irish: comhbhá
                              Italian: compassione
                              German: Mitgefühl

                              In Other Languages

                              Spanish – compasión

                              French – compassion

                              German – Mitgefühl

                              Italian – compassione

                              Swedish – medkänsla

                              Basque – errukia

                              Portugese – compaixão


                              For other character qualities related to Compassion,
                              visit the Related Qualities page.