piteous

adjective pit·e·ous \ ˈpi-tē-əs \

Definition of piteous

: of a kind to move to pity or compassion

piteously

adverb

piteousness

noun

Examples of piteous in a Sentence

  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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PITEOUS Defined for English Language Learners

piteous

Definition of piteous for English Language Learners

  • : deserving or causing feelings of sympathy or pity


PITEOUS Defined for Kids

piteous

adjective pit·e·ous \ ˈpi-tē-əs \

Definition of piteous for Students

: pitiful
  • The dog let out a piteous whine.

piteously

adverb
  • groaning piteously


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