Pity Pit"y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pitied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pitying}.] 1. To feel pity or compassion for; to have sympathy with; to compassionate; to commiserate; to have tender feelings toward (any one), awakened by a knowledge of suffering. [1913 Webster]

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. --Ps. ciii. 13. [1913 Webster]

2. To move to pity; -- used impersonally. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

It pitieth them to see her in the dust. --Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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