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Motivation vs Compassion - What's the difference?

motivation | compassion |

As nouns the difference between motivation and compassion

is that motivation is (label) motivation while compassion is deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it.

As a verb compassion is

(obsolete) to pity.



(en noun)
  • Willingness of action especially in behavior
  • The action of motivating.
  • Something which motivates.
  • An incentive or reason for doing something.
  • (advertising) a research rating that measures how the rational and emotional elements of a commercial affect consumer intention to consider, visit, or buy something.
  • The motivation scores showed that 65% of people wanted to visit our website to learn more about the offer after watching the commercial.

    Derived terms

    * intrinsic motivation * extrinsic motivation


    * (sense) The Advertising Research Handbook Charles E. Young, Ideas in Flight, Seattle, WA, April 2005 ----




  • Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it
  • * 1849 , Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow), A practical commentary upon the first Epistle of St. Peter (page 47)
  • Oh! the unspeakable privilege to have Him for our Father, who is the Father of mercies and compassions , and those not barren, fruitless pityings, for He is withal the God of all consolations.


    * empathy, pity, ruth, tenderheartedness, sorrow * kindness, heart, mercy

    Derived terms

    * compassionate * compassion fatigue


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To pity.
  • * 1607 , , IV. i. 124:
  • O heavens, can you hear a good man groan / And not relent, or not compassion him?