[ pit-ee-er ]
/ ˈpɪt i ər /
a person who pities.
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[ pit-ee ]
/ ˈpɪt i /
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!
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.
Origin of pity
1175–1225; Middle English pite < Old French pite, earlier pitet < Latin pietāt- (stem of pietās) piety
OTHER WORDS FROM pityout·pit·y, verb (used with object), out·pit·ied, out·pit·y·ing.un·pit·ied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pitier
/ (ˈpɪtɪ) /
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 chancewhat a pity you can't come
more's the pity it is highly regrettable (that)
verb pities, pitying or pitied
(tr) to feel pity for
Derived forms of pitypitying, adjectivepityingly, adverb
Word Origin for pity
C13: from Old French pité, from Latin pietās duty
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Idioms and Phrases with pitier
see for one's (pity's) sake; take pity on.
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