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 pity
Lady Rose is also rather subdued in the premiere, which is a pity.
It is not a pity party when you can stand up and say, “I am,” to be counted, reaffirmed, human.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Africa was supposedly a place to avoid or, at best, an oddity to pity.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)|Todd Moss|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It would have been easy to pity—and forget—the women that Davis played: ordinary, working class, and unromantic.
A creature deserving of pity and a medical diagnosis that will grant them a special status in society.Surviving War Doesn’t Turn All Veterans into Victims, Sometimes it Helps Them Grow|David Morris|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His face was so beautiful in the moonlight that the little Swallow was filled with pity.Children's Literature|Charles Madison Curry
It was a pity, he said, that my father would not visit Wyncote.Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker|S. Weir Mitchell
Troth, tis pity, sir.A brauer hope of so assurd a father Did neuer comfort France.The Fatal Dowry|Philip Massinger
Doesn't this urge you to pity, so that you will beg His Holiness for pardon, beg him to receive us?Three Plays|Luigi Pirandello
We will leave these poor devils, in pity, to trade with others; but they must not delay us to make a pretence of earning money.No Thoroughfare|Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
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.