piteous

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adjective pit·e·ous \ˈpi-tē-əs\

Definition of piteous

  1. :  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


PITEOUS Defined for English Language Learners

piteous

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Definition of piteous for English Language Learners

  • : deserving or causing feelings of sympathy or pity


PITEOUS Defined for Kids

piteous

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adjective pit·e·ous \ˈpi-tē-əs\

Definition of piteous for Students

  1. :  pitiful The dog let out a piteous whine.

piteously

adverb groaning piteously


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