Galina slipped in for a moment and with a pitying look gave me a blanket.
What should have been a moment of reckoning for a selfish, serial liar instead ended with us pitying him.
“Oh, thank God,” I said, pitying them but comforted to hear a valid excuse.
Jupiter, pitying her isolation and admiring her beauty, resolved to go down and converse with her for a little while.
His pitying eyes searched the lineaments of the poor wretch.
Fingerlings he keeps, and does not return to the water “as pitying their youth.”
Let me believe that I may hold you to your noble, pitying words.
Her tingling smart of madness and anger passed, leaving her penitent and pitying.
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.
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.