piteous

[pit-ee-uhs]
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Origin of piteous

1250–1300; Middle English; replacing pitous < Old French < Medieval Latin pietōsus. See pity, -ous
Related formspit·e·ous·ly, adverbpit·e·ous·ness, nouno·ver·pit·e·ous, adjectiveo·ver·pit·e·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·pit·e·ous·ness, nounun·pit·e·ous, adjectiveun·pit·e·ous·ly, adverb
Can be confusedpiteous pitiable pitiful (see synonym study at pitiful)

Synonyms for piteous

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Synonym study

1. See pitiful.
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Examples from the Web for piteous

Historical Examples of piteous

  • Are none to be gentle and kind, none to be piteous and forgiving?

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The poor fellow gave a piteous moan, but still did not stir.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • He began shivering at this again, and his voice sank into a piteous quaver.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Stryker turned upon him an expression at once ludicrous, piteous and hateful.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • She remained kneeling by the chair, looking up at him with a most piteous face.


British Dictionary definitions for piteous

piteous

adjective
  1. exciting or deserving pity
  2. archaic having or expressing pity
Derived Formspiteously, adverbpiteousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for piteous
adj.

c.1300, from Anglo-French pitous, Old French pitos "pious; merciful, compassionate, moved to pity; pitiful" (12c., Modern French piteux), from Medieval Latin pietosus "merciful, pitiful," in Vulgar Latin "dutiful," from Latin pietas "dutiful conduct, compassion" (see piety). Related: Piteously; piteousness.

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