evoking or deserving pity; pathetic: piteous cries for help.
Archaic. compassionate.

1250–1300; Middle English; replacing pitous < Old French < Medieval Latin pietōsus. See pity, -ous

piteously, adverb
piteousness, noun
overpiteous, adjective
overpiteously, adverb
overpiteousness, noun
unpiteous, adjective
unpiteously, adverb

piteous, pitiable, pitiful, pitiless (see synonym study at pitiful).

1. affecting, moving, distressing, lamentable, woeful, sad, wretched, sorrowful. See pitiful.
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piteous (ˈpɪtɪəs)
1.  exciting or deserving pity
2.  archaic having or expressing pity

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Word Origin & History

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).
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Example sentences
Hunter tells a piteous story of the privations and degradations of the dim, silent millions among us.
Then it made a piteous noise, a whee-whee-whee sound.
Hearing the piteous depths of her pain made the news report more vivid, the
  loss more palpable.
They lost their oars, became frightened, and let out a chorus of piteous yells.
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