Word of the Day – Compersion

By December 4, 2018 Word of the Day

Compersion (noun)

kom-pur-shun

The feeling of joy one has experiencing another’s joy, such as in witnessing a toddler’s joy and feeling joy in response.

From French compérage, derived from French compère, from Old French comper, from Latin compater, compatrem (“godfather”).

Example sentences

“In situations of loved ones, compersion is the opposite to jealousy.”

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