Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[pit-ee-ing] /ˈpɪt i ɪŋ/
full of or expressing pity:
a pitying look.
Origin of pitying
1640-50; pity + -ing2
Related forms
pityingly, adverb
unpitying, adjective


[pit-ee] /ˈpɪt i/
noun, plural pities.
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.
a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret:
What a pity you could not go!
verb (used with object), pitied, pitying.
to feel pity or compassion for; be sorry for; commiserate with.
verb (used without object), pitied, pitying.
to have compassion; feel pity.
have / take pity, to show mercy or compassion.
1175-1225; Middle English pite < Old French pite, earlier pitet < Latin pietāt- (stem of pietās) piety
Related forms
outpity, verb (used with object), outpitied, outpitying.
unpitied, adjective
1. commiseration, compassion. See sympathy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pitying
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Jupiter, pitying her isolation and admiring her beauty, resolved to go down and converse with her for a little while.

    Myths of Greece and Rome H. A. Guerber
  • His pitying eyes searched the lineaments of the poor wretch.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • Fingerlings he keeps, and does not return to the water “as pitying their youth.”

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • Let me believe that I may hold you to your noble, pitying words.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Her tingling smart of madness and anger passed, leaving her penitent and pitying.

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • All the same; just now you were pitying your folk at home, and prisoners and that.

  • Morlene, taking advantage of his abstraction, bestowed on him an unreserved look of pitying love.

    Unfettered Sutton E. Griggs
British Dictionary definitions for pitying


noun (pl) pities
sympathy or sorrow felt for the sufferings of another
have pity on, take pity on, to have sympathy or show mercy for
something that causes regret or pity
an unfortunate chance: what a pity you can't come
more's the pity, it is highly regrettable (that)
verb pities, pitying, pitied
(transitive) to feel pity for
Derived Forms
pitying, adjective
pityingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French pité, from Latin pietās duty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pitying



early 13c., from Old French pite, pitet "pity, mercy, compassion, care, tenderness; pitiful state, wretched condition" (11c., Modern French pitié), from Latin pietatem (nominative pietas) "piety, loyalty, duty" (see piety). Replaced Old English mildheortness, literally "mild-heartness," itself a loan-translation of Latin misericordia. English pity and piety were not fully distinguished until 17c. Transferred sense of "grounds or cause for pity" is from late 14c.


"to feel pity for," late 15c., from Old French pitier and from pity (n.). Related: Pitied; pitying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with pitying
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for pitying

Scrabble Words With Friends