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Idioms for pity

    have / take pity, to show mercy or compassion.

Origin of pity

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English pite, from Old French pite, earlier pitet, from Latin pietāt- (stem of pietās “dutiful respect, sense of duty”); see origin at piety

synonym study for pity

1. See sympathy.

OTHER WORDS FROM pity

outpity, verb (used with object), out·pit·ied, out·pit·y·ing.un·pit·ied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pity

pity
/ (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 pity

pitying, adjectivepityingly, adverb

Word Origin for pity

C13: from Old French pité, from Latin pietās duty
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Idioms and Phrases with pity

pity

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

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