piteous

[ pit-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈpɪt i əs /

adjective

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

Origin of piteous

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

OTHER WORDS FROM piteous

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH piteous

piteous pitiable pitiful (see synonym study at pitiful)

synonym study for piteous

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 forms of piteous

piteously, adverbpiteousness, noun
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