noun, plural pit·ies.
verb (used with object), pit·ied, pit·y·ing.
verb (used without object), pit·ied, pit·y·ing.
- pituitary gonadotropic hormone,
- pituitary growth hormone,
- pituitary myxedema,
- pityriasis alba,
- pityriasis linguae,
- pityriasis rosea
Origin of pity
Examples from the Web for pities
Naturally she pities me for not having this wonderful experience, too.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories|Harry Siegel|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There is not much difference between them, and it is a thousand pities there should be any.The Chainbearer|J. Fenimore Cooper
He looked at me the way Tippy does, as if she pities me so that it breaks her heart.Georgina's Service Stars|Annie Fellows Johnston
A thousand pities her ladyship has such ways— and to so good-humoured a gentleman as you seem to be, Sir.Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
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.