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Idioms about pity

    have / take pity, to show mercy or compassion.

Origin of pity

First recorded in 1175鈥1225; Middle English pite, from Old French pite, earlier pitet, from Latin piet膩t- (stem of piet膩s 鈥渄utiful respect, sense of duty鈥); see origin at piety

synonym study for pity

1. See sympathy.

OTHER WORDS FROM pity

out路pit路y, verb (used with object), out路pit路ied, out路pit路y路ing.un路pit路ied, adjective
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How to use pity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pity

pity
/ (藞p瑟t瑟) /

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 pity

pitying, adjectivepityingly, adverb

Word Origin for pity

C13: from Old French pit茅, from Latin piet膩s duty
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pity

pity

see for one's (pity's) sake; take pity on.

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