pity

  • 1 Pity — implies tender or sometimes slightly contemptuous sorrow for one in misery or distress. By the nineteenth century, two different kinds of pity had come to be distinguished, which we might call benevolent pity and contemptuous pity (see Kimball).… …

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  • 2 pity — [pit′ē] n. pl. pities [ME pite < OFr pitet < L pietas: see PIETY] 1. sorrow felt for another s suffering or misfortune; compassion; sympathy 2. the ability to feel such compassion 3. a cause for sorrow or regret vt., vi. pitied, pitying [ …

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  • 3 Pity — Pit y, n.; pl. {Pities}. [OE. pite, OF. pit[ e], piti[ e], F. piti[ e], L. pietas piety, kindness, pity. See {Pious}, and cf. {Piety}.] 1. Piety. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] 2. A feeling for the sufferings or distresses of another or others;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 pity — ► NOUN (pl. pities) 1) a feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the sufferings of others. 2) a cause for regret or disappointment. ► VERB (pities, pitied) ▪ feel pity for. ● for pity s sake …

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  • 5 pity — (n.) early 13c., from O.Fr. pite, pitet (11c., Mod.Fr. pitié), from L. pietatem (nom. pietas) piety, affection, duty, in L.L. gentleness, kindness, pity, from pius (see PIOUS (Cf. pious)). Replaced O.E. mildheortness, lit. mild heartness, itself… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 pity — [n1] feeling of mercy toward another benevolence, charity, clemency, comfort, commiseration, compassion, compunction, condolement, condolence, dejection, distress, empathy, favor, forbearance, goodness, grace, humanity, kindliness, kindness,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 Pity — Pit y, v. i. To be compassionate; to show pity. [1913 Webster] I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy. Jer. xiii. 14. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 pity — pity·ing; pity; pity·ing·ly; …

    English syllables

  • 10 pity — The type Pity we can t get this to work is an acceptable conversational shortening of It is a pity that… …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 Pity — (Pitje), holländische Benennung der japanischen u. chinesischen Scheidemünze, deren man sonst auf Java 50 auf den Stüber rechnete …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 12 pity — I noun commiseration, compassion, condolement, condolence, consolation, feeling, fellow feeling, fellow suffering, fellowship in sorrow, kindliness, lenience, leniency, lenity, mercifulness, mercy, misericordia, quarter, ruth, sympathy associated …

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  • 13 pity — *sympathy, compassion, commiseration, condolence, ruth, empathy Analogous words: *sadness, melancholy, dejection, depression: *pathos, poignancy: *charity, mercy, clemency, lenity …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 14 pity — pit|y1 [ pıti ] noun uncount 1. ) a strong feeling of sympathy that you have for someone because they are very unhappy or in a bad situation: She looked at him with a mixture of pity and disgust. There was pity in her voice. feel pity for someone …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 pity — I UK [ˈpɪtɪ] / US noun [uncountable] ** 1) a strong feeling of sympathy that you have for someone because they are very unhappy or in a bad situation She looked at him with a mixture of pity and disgust. There was pity in her voice. feel pity for …

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  • 16 pity — noun 1 feeling of sadness for sb/sth VERB + PITY ▪ be filled with, be full of, feel, have ▪ show ▪ arouse, evoke, inspire …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 pity — n. 1) to arouse pity 2) to feel; show pity 3) to have, take pity on smb. 4) pity for 5) a pity to + inf. (it s a pity to see what has happened) 6) a pity that + clause (it s a pity that the meeting was canceled) 7) out of pity (he agreed out of… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 pity — pit|y1 S3 [ˈpıti] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: pité, from Latin pietas piety, pity , from pius; PIOUS] 1.) a pity spoken used to show that you are disappointed about something and you wish things could happen differently = ↑shame (it …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 pity — [[t]pɪ̱ti[/t]] pities, pitying, pitied 1) N UNCOUNT: oft N for n If you feel pity for someone, you feel very sorry for them. → See also self pity He felt a sudden tender pity for her... She knew that she was an object of pity among her friends.… …

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  • 20 pity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Feeling of compassion for another Nouns pity, compassion, commiseration, sympathy; lamentation, condolence; empathy, fellow feeling, tenderness, humanity, mercy, clemency; leniency, charity, ruth,… …

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