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piteous

[ pit-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈpɪt i əs /
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adjective

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

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Origin of piteous

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

synonym study for piteous

1. See pitiful.

OTHER WORDS FROM piteous

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH piteous

piteous , pitiable, pitiful (see synonym study at pitiful)
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British Dictionary definitions for piteous

piteous
/ (ˈpɪtɪəs) /

adjective

exciting or deserving pity
archaic having or expressing pity

Derived forms of piteous

piteously, adverbpiteousness, noun
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