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  1. full of or expressing pity: a pitying look.

Origin of pitying

First recorded in 1640–50; pity + -ing2

Other words from pitying

  • pit·y·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·pit·y·ing, adjective

Words Nearby pitying

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How to use pitying in a sentence

  • Actually, the fact that it cowers under a phalanx makes it infinitely more pitying.

  • No human ear heard her cries for help, no pitying voice soothed her last agonies.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • They walked silently down the lane together, Gilbert sullen and mortified, Dorothy pitying but resolute.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • "Your memories possess you," he observed gently, and the stern look passed into something almost pitying.

    Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
  • She smiled the pitying smile of one equipped with superior knowledge when confronted with an obstinate, uninformed mind.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • Something in his voice, a sad pitying tenderness, caused her heart to beat a shade quicker.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood