Compassion vs Condolences - What's the difference?

compassion | condolences |


As nouns the difference between compassion and condolences

is that compassion is deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it while condolences is .

As a verb compassion

is (obsolete) to pity.

As an interjection condolences is

.

compassion

English

Noun

  • 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.

    Synonyms

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

    Derived terms

    * compassionate * compassion fatigue

    Verb

    (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?

    condolences

    English

    Noun

    (head)
  • (plural only) comfort, support, or sympathy offered to the family and friends of somebody who has died
  • I sent her a card expressing my condolences after her mother passed away.

    See also

    * condolence

    Interjection

    (en interjection)
  • *
  • *
  • Antonyms

    * congratulations