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

Definition of piteous

: of a kind to move to pity or compassion

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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, "Agents Face the Return of The Bold Buyer," 6 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of piteous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of piteous

literary : deserving or causing feelings of sympathy or pity


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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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