Compassion vs Gracious - What's the difference?

compassion | gracious |


As a noun compassion

is deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it.

As a verb compassion

is (obsolete) to pity.

As an adjective gracious is

kind and warmly courteous.

As an interjection gracious is

expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

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?

    gracious

    English

    Alternative forms

    * gratious (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • kind and warmly courteous
  • tactful
  • compassionate
  • indulgent, charming and graceful
  • elegant and with good taste
  • benignant
  • Derived terms

    * graciousness * graciously

    Interjection

    (en interjection)
  • expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.