From the shadow of a tree there moved one of those brazen and piteous she-ghosts that haunt the locality.
Are none to be gentle and kind, none to be piteous and forgiving?
Sorez placed his hand to his heart again and staggered back with a piteous appeal to Wilson.
The poor fellow gave a piteous moan, but still did not stir.
Finally someone was roused to shame and remorse at the piteous sight; he was washed, shaved, and decently clothed.
He began shivering at this again, and his voice sank into a piteous quaver.
The noise of the fight came closer and closer, and the wounded crept in a piteous stream to us.
Stryker turned upon him an expression at once ludicrous, piteous and hateful.
There is nothing so piteous as the absence of recognition of the patient's best friends in cases of brain-disease.
She remained kneeling by the chair, looking up at him with a most piteous face.
c.1300, from Anglo-French pitous, Old French pitos "pious; merciful, compassionate, moved to pity; pitiful" (12c., Modern French piteux), from Medieval Latin pietosus "merciful, pitiful," in Vulgar Latin "dutiful," from Latin pietas "dutiful conduct, compassion" (see piety). Related: Piteously; piteousness.