- sympathetic or kindly sorrow evoked by the suffering, distress, or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy: to feel pity for astarving child.
- a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret: What a pity you could not go!
- Informal. motivated by a sense of pity or sympathy for others or for oneself: to have pity sex with a virgin; to go on a pity date with a loser.
- to feel pity or compassion for; be sorry for; commiserate with.
- to have compassion; feel pity.
- have/take pity, to show mercy or compassion.
Origin of pity
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Examples from the Web for pitied
To his peers, he's an all-star eccentric who is pitied or clucked over protectively as often as he is envied.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
What greater pleasure could an emotionally-needy speechwriter know than to be pitied by the most powerful person on earth?The Funniest WHCD Speech Bill Clinton Never Delivered
April 26, 2013
She pitied herself,—that lowest ebb of melancholy self-consciousness.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She is to be pitied—she cannot either like or dislike with temper!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The men I had to deal with were more to be pitied than blamed.Biography of a Slave
It's us that's left behind that's to be pitied, not them that goes.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I pitied him; I owed him hospitality; but it seemed intolerable that he should be there.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- sympathy or sorrow felt for the sufferings of another
- have pity on or take pity on to have sympathy or show mercy for
- something that causes regret or pity
- an unfortunate chancewhat a pity you can't come
- more's the pity it is highly regrettable (that)
- (tr) to feel pity for
Word Origin and History for pitied
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.