noun \ˈpi-tē\

: a strong feeling of sadness or sympathy for someone or something

: something that causes sadness or disappointment

plural pit·ies

Full Definition of PITY

a :  sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed, or unhappy
b :  capacity to feel pity
:  something to be regretted <it's a pity you can't go>

Examples of PITY

  1. She has had a hard life and deserves your pity.
  2. I felt deep pity for the lost dog.
  3. He didn't live to see his daughter grow up, and that's a pity.

Origin of PITY

Middle English pite, from Anglo-French pité, from Latin pietat-, pietas piety, pity, from pius pious
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of PITY

pity, compassion, commiseration, condolence, sympathy mean the act or capacity for sharing the painful feelings of another. pity implies tender or sometimes slightly contemptuous sorrow for one in misery or distress <felt pity for the captives>. compassion implies pity coupled with an urgent desire to aid or to spare <treats the homeless with great compassion>. commiseration suggests pity expressed outwardly in exclamations, tears, or words of comfort <murmurs of commiseration filled the loser's headquarters>. condolence applies chiefly to formal expression of grief to one who has suffered loss <expressed their condolences to the widow>. sympathy often suggests a tender concern but can also imply a power to enter into another's emotional experience of any sort <went to my best friend for sympathy> <in sympathy with her desire to locate her natural parents>.

Rhymes with PITY



: to feel pity for (someone or something) : to feel sorry for (someone or something)


Full Definition of PITY

transitive verb
:  to feel pity for
intransitive verb
:  to feel pity

Examples of PITY

  1. I pity anyone who has to work at that place.
  2. <I always pity the people who have to work in this freezing weather.>

First Known Use of PITY

15th century

Rhymes with PITY


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