piteous

[ pit-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈpɪt i əs /

adjective

evoking or deserving pity; pathetic: piteous cries for help.
Archaic. compassionate.

Nearby words

  1. pitchout,
  2. pitchpole,
  3. pitchpot,
  4. pitchstone,
  5. pitchy,
  6. piteously,
  7. pitesti,
  8. pitfall,
  9. pith,
  10. pith helmet

Origin of piteous

1250–1300; Middle English; replacing pitous < Old French < Medieval Latin pietōsus. See pity, -ous

Related forms
Can be confusedpiteous pitiable pitiful (see synonym study at pitiful)

Synonym study

1. See pitiful.

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British Dictionary definitions for piteous

piteous

/ (ˈpɪtɪəs) /

adjective

exciting or deserving pity
archaic having or expressing pity
Derived Formspiteously, adverbpiteousness, noun

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