Suffering vs Compassion - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between suffering and compassion

is that suffering is the condition of someone who suffers; a state of pain or distress while compassion is deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it.

As verbs the difference between suffering and compassion

is that suffering is (suffer) while compassion is (obsolete) to pity.

As a adjective suffering

is experiencing pain(jump).

suffering

English

Adjective

(head)
  • Experiencing pain.(jump)
  • Synonyms

    * (jump) in pain

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The condition of someone who suffers; a state of pain or distress.
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    Verb

    (head)
  • 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?