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compassion

 [kom-pă´shun]
in bioethics, a virtue combining concepts such as sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, benevolence, care, love, and sometimes pity and mercy. These are character traits that enable professionals to use their cognitive and psychomotor skills of healing to meet the needs of a particular patient. The need for particularity in the healing relationship makes compassion a moral virtue.

compassion

(kŏm-pash′ŏn) [ comp- + passion]
Awareness of and feeling for the pain and suffering of others; sympathy.

compassion,

n a profound awareness of another's suffering coupled with a desire to alleviate that suffering.
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In this compassionless world, there is no room for concern for the individual or for the ideal of justice for all.
What Jack learns at the end of the novel is not so much that the values of the past were not practiced properly in relation to the modern world as that the values themselves, in their prescriptive, compassionless form, were flawed.
Bernard as a grave danger as long ago as the twelfth century, and the compassionless (because faith-less) over-valuing of classical 'freedom' of thought as the Renaissance moved into the Enlightenment, produced over centuries the familiar pattern of branches of learning in which the young have had their minds and imaginations trained.
We're not that cruel and that compassionless that we don't worry about that situation.
Punishing the young is compassionless Conservatism as fewer teachers, crowded classrooms and dropped subjects will pull down even outstanding schools.
Nobody ever mentioned her callousness or used the word compassionless when talking about her and it needed to be acknowledged.
Not one of the other candidates is against them and in fact those who are councillors at present are members of parties that also would implement the same vicious, compassionless and uncaring cuts to vital services and jobs.
Which confirms my view that for every compassionless vulture preying on the weak, there is one, and probably two or more, who not only do their duty but are ready to walk the extra mile.
He was obsessive, foul-mouthed, self-justifying, amoral and compassionless - the perfect antihero for a writer like Edwards.
Thatcher too is to blame for today's selfish, compassionless and the "Me, Me, Me" society.
Another campaigner for the Ahmadis, Paul Rowlands, said: 'It was completely compassionless, it was like a military operation.
Ideas not in lock step with the prevailing narrow-minded, compassionless policies issued from their masters in the Christian Coalition or the Heritage Foundation.