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pity

[pit-ee]
noun, plural pities.
1.
sympathetic or kindly sorrow evoked by the suffering, distress, or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy: to feel pity for astarving child.
2.
a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret: What a pity you could not go!
verb (used with object), pitied, pitying.
3.
to feel pity or compassion for; be sorry for; commiserate with.
verb (used without object), pitied, pitying.
4.
to have compassion; feel pity.
Idioms
5.
have/take pity, to show mercy or compassion.

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

outpity, verb (used with object), outpitied, outpitying.
unpitied, adjective


1. commiseration, compassion. See sympathy.
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pity (ˈpɪtɪ)
 
n , pl pities
1.  sympathy or sorrow felt for the sufferings of another
2.  have pity on, take pity on to have sympathy or show mercy for
3.  something that causes regret or pity
4.  an unfortunate chance: what a pity you can't come
5.  more's the pity it is highly regrettable (that)
 
vb , pities, pities, pitying, pitied
6.  (tr) to feel pity for
 
[C13: from Old French pité, from Latin pietās duty]
 
'pitying
 
adj
 
'pityingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

pity
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). Replaced O.E. mildheortness, lit. "mild-heartness," itself a loan-translation of L. misericordia.
English pity and piety were not fully distinguished until 17c. The verb meaning "to feel pity for" is attested from 1520s. Pitiful is c.1300 in sense of "compassionate" (implied in pitifully); mid-15c. in sense of "exciting or deserving pity;" 1580s in sense of "mean, wretched, contemptible."
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