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pity

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noun \ˈpi-tē\

Definition of pity

plural

pities

  1. 1 a :  sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed, or unhappy b :  capacity to feel pity

  2. 2 :  something to be regretted <it's a pity you can't go>

Examples of pity in a sentence

  1. She has had a hard life and deserves your pity.

  2. I felt deep pity for the lost dog.

  3. He didn't live to see his daughter grow up, and that's a pity.

Origin and Etymology of pity

Middle English pite, from Anglo-French pité, from Latin pietat-, pietas piety, pity, from pius pious


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of pity

pity, compassion, commiseration, condolence, sympathy mean the act or capacity for sharing the painful feelings of another. pity implies tender or sometimes slightly contemptuous sorrow for one in misery or distress <felt pity for the captives>. compassion implies pity coupled with an urgent desire to aid or to spare <treats the homeless with great compassion>. commiseration suggests pity expressed outwardly in exclamations, tears, or words of comfort <murmurs of commiseration filled the loser's headquarters>. condolence applies chiefly to formal expression of grief to one who has suffered loss <expressed their condolences to the widow>. sympathy often suggests a tender concern but can also imply a power to enter into another's emotional experience of any sort <went to my best friend for sympathy> <in sympathy with her desire to locate her natural parents>.

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pity

verb

Definition of pity

pitied

pitying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to feel pity for

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to feel pity

Examples of pity in a sentence

  1. I pity anyone who has to work at that place.

  2. <I always pity the people who have to work in this freezing weather.>

15th Century

First Known Use of pity

15th century



PITY Defined for English Language Learners

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pity

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noun \ˈpi-tē\

Definition of pity for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of sadness or sympathy for someone or something

  • : something that causes sadness or disappointment


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pity

verb

Definition of pity for English Language Learners

  • : to feel pity for (someone or something) : to feel sorry for (someone or something)


PITY Defined for Kids

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pity

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noun \ˈpi-tē\

Definition of pity for Students

  1. 1 :  a feeling of sadness or sympathy for the suffering or unhappiness of others

  2. 2 :  something that causes regret or disappointment <What a pity that you can't go.>


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pity

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verb

Definition of pity for Students

pitied

pitying

  1. :  to feel sadness and sympathy for



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