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past participle of verb, past tense of verb

  1. See pity

pity (ˈpɪtɪ Pronunciation for pity



Word forms:   plural pities
  1. sympathy or sorrow felt for the sufferings of another
  2. See have pity on

  3. something that causes regret or pity
  4. an unfortunate chance   ⇒ what a pity you can't come
  5. See more's the pity


Word forms:  pities,  pitying,  pitied
  1. (transitive) to feel pity for

Derived Forms

ˈpitying adjective
ˈpityingly adverb

Word Origin

C13: from Old French pité, from Latin pietās duty


View thesaurus entry
= shame, crime, sin, misfortune, bad luck, sad thing, bummer, crying shame, source of regret
= feel sorry for, feel for, sympathize with, grieve for, weep for, take pity on, empathize with, bleed for, commiserate with, have compassion for, condole with

Example Sentences Including 'pitied'

And he could smell rain, pitied the seamen who had to make a living offshore in this kind of weather.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
But Brebner felt much as Lily did about Randolph: he pitied him and cared about him.
Louise Carpenter AN UNLIKELY COUNTESS: Lily Budge and the 13th Earl of Galloway (2004)
The shame he felt for having brought forth this strangely deformed child was his alone, but he also pitied his monstrosity of a son.
Globe and Mail (2004)
Then - in this case, anyway - you turn 40. I've seen it happen to others, and pitied - mocked, even - their self-pity.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
They looked down at Danlo as if they pitied anyone whose fate was interwoven with such a rude man.
Zindell, David The Broken God
What did it matter to this mother whether a stranger pitied her?
Brierley, David Snowline
With their wide, low tents, their camels and their dogs, they are tolerated -- no more -- and (by some) pitied.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)


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