Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Definitions: Compassionate, Conservative



1. Feeling or expressing pity: commiserative, condolatory, pitying, sympathetic. Archaic piteous, pitiful. See feelings, pity.

2. Concerned with human welfare and the alleviation of suffering: charitable, human, humane, humanitarian, merciful.


To experience or express compassion: ache, commiserate, feel, pity, sympathize, yearn. Idioms: be sorry, have/take pity.

Synonyms: humane, compassionate, humanitarian, merciful

These adjectives mean marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering: a humane physician; compassionate toward impoverished people; released the prisoner for humanitarian reasons; is merciful to the repentant.




1. Strongly favoring retention of the existing order: orthodox, right, rightist, right-wing, Tory, traditionalist, traditionalistic.

2. Kept within sensible limits: discreet, moderate, reasonable, restrained, temperate. See plain/fancy, restraint/unrestraint.

3. Clinging to obsolete ideas: backward, reactionary, unprogressive.

4. Able to preserve: preservative, protective.


One who strongly favors retention of the existing order: orthodox, rightist, right-winger, Tory, traditionalist.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition and Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition by the Editors of the American Heritage