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    waters?

    Joan Halifax (2010). Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

    And when I worked in the prison system, it was so clear to me, this: that many of us in this room, and almost all of the men that I worked with on death row, the seeds of their own compassion had never been watered. That compassion is actually an inherent human quality. It is there within every human being. But the conditions for compassion to be activated, to be aroused, are particular conditions. I had that condition, to a certain extent, from my own childhood illness. Eve Ensler, whom you'll hear later, has had that condition activated amazingly in her through the various waters of suffering that she has been through.
    Is this the exact meaning of the word waters in this text?


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    [PLURAL]waters (=a difficult situation)

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    Re: waters?

    Yes. Don't use the word that way, though. It's archaic.
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    Re: waters?

    I notice that you also highlighted "watered" earlier in your text, though you did not mention it directly in your question. Here, the word means "nurtured". Quite different, wouldn't you agree?

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    Re: waters?

    I would. Thank you.

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    Re: waters?

    Because of the use of watered, I would guess that the writer is trying to be a bit stylish with the second instance, and to link back, but it doesn't work very well for me.

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