SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN Origin of pitier
First recorded in
-er 1 noun, plural pit·ies. sympathetic or kindly sorrow evoked by the suffering, distress, or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy: to feel pity for astarving child. a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret: What a pity you could not go! adjective Informal. motivated by a sense of pity or sympathy for others or for oneself: to have pity sex with a virgin; to go on a pity date with a loser. verb (used with object), pit·ied, pit·y·ing. to feel pity or compassion for; be sorry for; commiserate with. verb (used without object), pit·ied, pit·y·ing. to have compassion; feel pity. Idioms , have/ take pity to show mercy or compassion. Origin of pity 1175–1225; Middle English pite
Old French pite,
piety Related forms out·pit·y, verb (used with object), out·pit·ied, out·pit·y·ing. un·pit·ied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pitier Historical Examples of pitier
pitier and sympathizer may be very distant, and his aid may reach us over the abysses. Pitier of the orphan, God of the widow, cause us to share Thy pity and become Thy messengers of tenderness in our small measure. British Dictionary definitions for pitier noun plural pities sympathy or sorrow felt for the sufferings of another have pity on or take pity on to have sympathy or show mercy for something that causes regret or pity an unfortunate chance what a pity you can't come more's the pity it is highly regrettable (that) verb pities, pitying or pitied Derived Forms pitying, adjective pityingly, adverb Word Origin for pity
C13: from Old French
pité, from Latin pietās duty
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Word Origin and History for pitier n.
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. v.
"to feel pity for," late 15c., from Old French
pitier and from pity (n.). Related: Pitied; pitying.
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Idioms and Phrases with pitier
see for one's (pity's) sake; take pity on.
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