piteous

  • 1 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] …

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  • 2 piteous — piteous, pitiable, pitiful All three words are recorded from Middle English and share the basic meaning ‘arousing pity’ and are to some extent interchangeable (as in The abandoned children were a piteous sight), although pitiful is the most… …

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  • 3 piteous — index deplorable, lamentable, lugubrious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 piteous — c.1300, from Anglo Fr. pitous, O.Fr. pitos (12c.), from M.L. pietosus merciful, pitiful, in V.L. dutiful, from L. pietas dutiful conduct, compassion (see PIETY (Cf. piety)). Related: Piteously …

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  • 5 piteous — *pitiful, pitiable Analogous words: imploring, supplicating, entreating, beseeching (see BEG): *melancholy, doleful, dolorous, plaintive …

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  • 6 piteous — [adj] miserable, pathetic beseeching, commiserable, deplorable, distressing, doleful, dolorous, entreating, grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending, imploring, lamentable, melancholy, mournful, moving, pitiable, pitiful, plaintive, poignant, poor,… …

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

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  • 8 piteous — [pit′ē əs] adj. [ME piteus < MFr < OFr pitous < LL(Ec) * pietosus < pietas: see PIETY] arousing or deserving pity or compassion SYN. PITIFUL piteously adv. piteousness n …

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  • 9 piteous — [[t]pɪ̱tiəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is piteous is so sad that you feel great pity for the person involved. [WRITTEN] As they pass by, a piteous wailing is heard. Syn: pitiful …

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  • 10 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,… …

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  • 11 piteous — See pitiable, piteous …

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  • 12 piteous — pit|e|ous [ˈpıtiəs] adj literary [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: piteus, from Latin pietas; PITY1] expressing suffering and sadness in a way that makes you feel pity ▪ She gave a long piteous cry. >piteously adv …

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  • 13 piteous — pit|e|ous [ pıtiəs ] adjective LITERARY a piteous sound, expression, or situation makes you feel sympathy for someone or something ╾ pit|e|ous|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 piteous — adjective especially literary expressing suffering and sadness in a way that makes you feel pity: piteous sobs piteously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 piteous — adjective a piteous cry Syn: sad, pitiful, pitiable, pathetic, heart rending, heartbreaking, moving, touching; plaintive, poignant, forlorn; poor, wretched, miserable …

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  • 16 piteous — UK [ˈpɪtɪəs] / US adjective literary a piteous sound, expression, or situation makes you feel sympathy for someone or something Derived word: piteously adverb …

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  • 17 piteous — adjective Date: 14th century of a kind to move to pity or compassion • piteously adverb • piteousness noun …

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  • 18 piteous — adjective Of or pertaining to a pitiful state or condition. Syn: pathetic …

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  • 19 piteous — Synonyms and related words: affecting, afflictive, beseeching, bitter, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, deplorable, depressing, depressive, discomforting, dismal, dismaying, distressful, distressing, doleful, dolorific, dolorogenic, dolorous,… …

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  • 20 piteous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. grievous, sorrowful; pitiable, pathetic; wretched, miserable. See pain, pity. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. pitiful, wretched, miserable; see pitiful 1 . See Synonym Study at pitiful . III (Roget s 3… …

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