noun, plural pit·ies.
verb (used with object), pit·ied, pit·y·ing.
verb (used without object), pit·ied, pit·y·ing.
Origin of pity
Synonyms for pity
Related Words for pitiedforgive, pardon, reprieve, commiserate, solace, comfort, sympathize, soothe, condole, relent, understand, ache, console
Examples from the Web for pitied
Contemporary Examples of pitied
To his peers, he's an all-star eccentric who is pitied or clucked over protectively as often as he is envied.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
What greater pleasure could an emotionally-needy speechwriter know than to be pitied by the most powerful person on earth?The Funniest WHCD Speech Bill Clinton Never Delivered
April 26, 2013
Historical Examples of pitied
She pitied herself,—that lowest ebb of melancholy self-consciousness.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She is to be pitied—she cannot either like or dislike with temper!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The men I had to deal with were more to be pitied than blamed.Biography of a Slave
It's us that's left behind that's to be pitied, not them that goes.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I pitied him; I owed him hospitality; but it seemed intolerable that he should be there.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
noun plural pities
verb pities, pitying or pitied
Word Origin for pity
early 13c., from Old French pite, pitet "pity, mercy, compassion, care, tenderness; pitiful state, wretched condition" (11c., Modern French pitié), from Latin pietatem (nominative pietas) "piety, loyalty, duty" (see piety). Replaced Old English mildheortness, literally "mild-heartness," itself a loan-translation of Latin misericordia. English pity and piety were not fully distinguished until 17c. Transferred sense of "grounds or cause for pity" is from late 14c.
"to feel pity for," late 15c., from Old French pitier and from pity (n.). Related: Pitied; pitying.
see for one's (pity's) sake; take pity on.