Origin of pitying
noun, plural pit·ies.
verb (used with object), pit·ied, pit·y·ing.
verb (used without object), pit·ied, pit·y·ing.
Origin of pity
Synonyms for pity
Related Words for pityingtender, compassionate, understanding, commiserative, condolatory, responsive, sensitive, soft, softhearted, supportive, sympathetic, thoughtful
Examples from the Web for pitying
Contemporary Examples of pitying
What should have been a moment of reckoning for a selfish, serial liar instead ended with us pitying him.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal
November 10, 2014
Galina slipped in for a moment and with a pitying look gave me a blanket.Inside Gaddafi’s Harem: The Story of a Girl’s Abduction
August 29, 2013
“Oh, thank God,” I said, pitying them but comforted to hear a valid excuse.My Disney Cruise from Hell
April 9, 2010
Historical Examples of pitying
I received in reply a shake of the head and a pitying smile.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
The tradesmen with whom she had to deal came slowly to have a pitying respect for her.Hetty's Strange History
His pitying eyes searched the lineaments of the poor wretch.Slaves of Mercury
Let me believe that I may hold you to your noble, pitying words.The First Violin
All the same; just now you were pitying your folk at home, and prisoners and that.Hall-Marked and Others (From Six Short Plays)
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.