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piteous

adjective pit·e·ous \ˈpi-tē-əs\

: deserving or causing feelings of sympathy or pity

Full Definition of PITEOUS

:  of a kind to move to pity or compassion
pit·e·ous·ly adverb
pit·e·ous·ness noun

Examples of PITEOUS

  1. The child cried out in a piteous voice.
  2. <a piteous beggar huddled in the doorway of an abandoned building>

First Known Use of PITEOUS

14th century

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