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[pit-ee-ing] /ˈpɪt i ɪŋ/
full of or expressing pity:
a pitying look.
Origin of pitying
First recorded in 1640-50; pity + -ing2
Related forms
pityingly, adverb
unpitying, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Poor Napoleon," said Pauline pityingly, as their father closed the door.

  • "The poor creature's demented," remarked Mrs. Belknap-Jackson pityingly.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • "I wish you could tell me what is the matter," he said pityingly and quietly.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
  • “Ah, he feeleth the lack of my mistress his wife, I reckon,” said Marian pityingly.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • "True," says Lady Stafford, pityingly, letting her eyes fall on Molly.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Eleanor looked at them pityingly, and then spoke to the older of the two women.

  • "No; you miss many pleasures," remarked the cab-horse, pityingly.

  • "I guess she feels it even worse than we thought she did," said Mollie pityingly.

  • And did he look so pityingly as you describe, and bless me as I was praying, unwitting of his presence?

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • She ran to him, pityingly stroked the scar, looked down at him with filmy eyes.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis

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