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piteous

[pit-ee-uh s] /ˈpɪt i əs/
adjective
1.
evoking or deserving pity; pathetic:
piteous cries for help.
2.
Archaic. compassionate.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; replacing pitous < Old French < Medieval Latin pietōsus. See pity, -ous
Related forms
piteously, adverb
piteousness, noun
overpiteous, adjective
overpiteously, adverb
overpiteousness, noun
unpiteous, adjective
unpiteously, adverb
Can be confused
piteous, pitiable, pitiful, pitiless (see synonym study at pitiful)
Synonyms
1. affecting, moving, distressing, lamentable, woeful, sad, wretched, sorrowful. See pitiful.
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British Dictionary definitions for piteously

piteous

/ˈpɪtɪəs/
adjective
1.
exciting or deserving pity
2.
(archaic) having or expressing pity
Derived Forms
piteously, adverb
piteousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for piteously
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).
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