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.

(etymology from https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=compassion)

Sign Language

Check out the following links from www.handspeak.com 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?

 

Idioms

Having a heart of gold

A bleeding heart

Being a Good Samaritan

(from https://www.powerthesaurus.org/compassion/synonyms/idiom)

 

Translations

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

Are there other languages that have an interesting take on Compassion? Share your knowledge in the comments!