[ pit-ee-ing ]
/ ˈpɪt i ɪŋ /


full of or expressing pity: a pitying look.

Nearby words

  1. pituitary growth hormone,
  2. pituitary myxedema,
  3. pituitous,
  4. pituri,
  5. pity,
  6. pityriasis,
  7. pityriasis alba,
  8. pityriasis linguae,
  9. pityriasis rosea,
  10. pityriasis rubra

Origin of pitying

First recorded in 1640–50; pity + -ing2

Related formspit·y·ing·ly, adverbun·pit·y·ing, adjective

Origin of pity

1175–1225; Middle English pite < Old French pite, earlier pitet < Latin pietāt- (stem of pietās) piety

Related formsout·pit·y, verb (used with object), out·pit·ied, out·pit·y·ing.un·pit·ied, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pitying


/ (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 Formspitying, adjectivepityingly, adverb

Word Origin for pity

C13: from Old French pité, from Latin pietās duty

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Word Origin and History for pitying
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Idioms and Phrases with pitying


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

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