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[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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She eyed Mr. Magee pityingly, and they stood until Mr. Max caught up with them.

    Seven Keys to Baldpate Earl Derr Biggers
  • "I wish you could tell me what is the matter," he said pityingly and quietly.

    Janet of the Dunes Harriet T. Comstock
  • Still, Arnold never forgave the stab that was then so deservingly yet so pityingly dealt him.

  • “Ah, he feeleth the lack of my mistress his wife, I reckon,” said Marian pityingly.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • "Poor Earle," she said pityingly; but the pity was more than he could bear.

    A Fair Mystery Bertha M. Clay
  • "No; you miss many pleasures," remarked the cab-horse, pityingly.

  • "Sweet Margery Conway is not strong," he thought, pityingly.

    Mischievous Maid Faynie Laura Jean Libbey
  • She ran to him, pityingly stroked the scar, looked down at him with filmy eyes.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Glover looked down at her seriously, pityingly, cursing himself that he was the exponent of his own grotesque scheme.

    The Angel of Terror Edgar Wallace
  • I sighed to myself, and I looked at him pityingly, while he glanced at me.

    Burr Junior G. Manville Fenn

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