What greater pleasure could an emotionally-needy speechwriter know than to be pitied by the most powerful person on earth?
To his peers, he's an all-star eccentric who is pitied or clucked over protectively as often as he is envied.
So I looked upon men with new eyes, and pitied them very much indeed.
It is written with elegance enough; but Jane is too heroick to be pitied.
I pitied him greatly, and after some thought and hesitation, resolved upon a new and bolder game.
Tyrants as his father and mother had been to me, I pitied them, for they were not guilty of his crime.
Perhaps if you had seen him, you would have thought he was the one to be pitied.
He loved all; praised the good, and pitied the infirmities of the wicked.
I felt a secret loathing for the hag, and pitied my uncle the unpleasant conference which I was certain awaited him.
I pitied him and I saw no other way of saving him than to buy him of his father.
early 13c., from Old French pite, pitet "pity, mercy, compassion, care, tenderness; pitiful state, wretched condition" (11c., Modern French pitié), from Latin pietatem (nominative pietas) "piety, loyalty, duty" (see piety). Replaced Old English mildheortness, literally "mild-heartness," itself a loan-translation of Latin misericordia. English pity and piety were not fully distinguished until 17c. Transferred sense of "grounds or cause for pity" is from late 14c.
"to feel pity for," late 15c., from Old French pitier and from pity (n.). Related: Pitied; pitying.