Piteous Pit"e*ous, a. [OE. pitous, OF. pitos, F. piteux. See {Pity}.] 1. Pious; devout. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation. --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]

2. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate; tender. ``[She] piteous of his case.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

She was so charitable and so pitous. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable; lamentable; sad; as, a piteous case. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The most piteous tale of Lear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Paltry; mean; pitiful. ``Piteous amends.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Sorrowful; mournful; affecting; doleful; woeful; rueful; sad; wretched; miserable; pitiable; pitiful; compassionate. [1913 Webster] -- {Pit"e*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Pit"e*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • piteously — piteous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ deserving or arousing pity. DERIVATIVES piteously adverb piteousness noun. ORIGIN Old French piteus, from Latin pietas dutifulness …   English terms dictionary

  • piteously — adverb see piteous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • piteously — See piteous. * * * …   Universalium

  • piteously — adverb In a piteous manner; pathetically; plaintively …   Wiktionary

  • piteously — adv. RG. 449, 508 …   Oldest English Words

  • piteously — pɪtɪəslɪ adv. pathetically, pitiably, wretchedly, in a manner that arouses compassion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • piteously — pit·e·ous·ly …   English syllables

  • piteously — See: piteous …   English dictionary

  • piteously — adverb in a piteous manner (Freq. 1) • Derived from adjective: ↑piteous …   Useful english dictionary

  • piteous — piteously, adv. piteousness, n. /pit ee euhs/, adj. 1. evoking or deserving pity; pathetic: piteous cries for help. 2. Archaic. compassionate. [1250 1300; ME; r. pitous < OF < ML pietosus. See PITY, OUS] Syn. 1. affecting, moving, distressing,… …   Universalium

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