piteous

adjective
pit·​e·​ous | \ ˈpi-tē-əs How to pronounce piteous (audio) \

Definition of piteous

: of a kind to move to pity or compassion

Other Words from piteous

piteously adverb
piteousness noun

Examples of piteous in a Sentence

The child cried out in a piteous voice. a piteous beggar huddled in the doorway of an abandoned building
Recent Examples on the Web In roaring luxury markets from Manhattan to San Francisco over the past few years, buyers were a piteous bunch. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of piteous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Piteous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piteous. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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piteous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of piteous

: deserving or causing feelings of sympathy or pity

piteous

adjective
pit·​e·​ous | \ ˈpi-tē-əs How to pronounce piteous (audio) \

Kids Definition of piteous

: pitiful The dog let out a piteous whine.

Other Words from piteous

piteously adverb groaning piteously

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