full of or expressing pity: a pitying look.

1640–50; pity + -ing2

pityingly, adverb
unpitying, adjective
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pity (ˈpɪtɪ)
n , pl pities
1.  sympathy or sorrow felt for the sufferings of another
2.  have pity on, take pity on to have sympathy or show mercy for
3.  something that causes regret or pity
4.  an unfortunate chance: what a pity you can't come
5.  more's the pity it is highly regrettable (that)
vb , pities, pities, pitying, pitied
6.  (tr) to feel pity for
[C13: from Old French pité, from Latin pietās duty]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. pite, pitet (11c., Mod.Fr. pitié), from L. pietatem (nom. pietas) "piety, affection, duty," in L.L. "gentleness, kindness, pity," from pius (see pious). Replaced O.E. mildheortness, lit. "mild-heartness," itself a loan-translation of L. misericordia.
English pity and piety were not fully distinguished until 17c. The verb meaning "to feel pity for" is attested from 1520s. Pitiful is c.1300 in sense of "compassionate" (implied in pitifully); mid-15c. in sense of "exciting or deserving pity;" 1580s in sense of "mean, wretched, contemptible."
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