adverb (or adjective) pieto·so \ˌpēəˈtō(ˌ)sō, pyāˈt-, -)zō\

Definition of pietoso

  1. :  with pity or sympathy :  compassionately —used as a direction in music

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Origin and Etymology of pietoso

Italian, from Medieval Latin pietosus, from Latin pietas + -osus -ous

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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