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Meaning of PITY

Pronunciation:  'pitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
  2. [n]  an unfortunate development; "it's a pity he couldn't do it"
  3. [n]  a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; "the blind are too often objects of pity"
  4. [v]  share the suffering of

PITY is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: commiseration, compassion, compassionate, condole with, feel for, pathos, ruth, shame, sympathize with
 See Also: bad luck, care, commiserate, fellow feeling, grieve, mercifulness, mercy, misfortune, sorrow, sympathise, sympathize, sympathy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pit"y\, n.; pl. {Pities}. [OE. pite, OF. pit['e],
    piti['e], F. piti['e], L. pietas piety, kindness, pity. See
    {Pious}, and cf. {Piety}.]
    1. Piety. [Obs.] --Wyclif.
    2. A feeling for the sufferings or distresses of another or
       others; sympathy with the grief or misery of another;
       compassion; fellow-feeling; commiseration.
             He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the
             Lord.                                 --Prov. xix.
             He . . . has no more pity in him than a dog. --Shak.
    3. A reason or cause of pity, grief, or regret; a thing to be
       regretted. ``The more the pity.'' --Shak.
             What pity is it That we can die but once to serve
             our country!                          --Addison.
    Note: In this sense, sometimes used in the plural, especially
          in the colloquialism: ``It is a thousand pities.''
    Syn: Compassion; mercy; commiseration; condolence; sympathy,
         fellow-suffering; fellow-feeling. -- {Pity}, {Sympathy},
         {Compassion}. Sympathy is literally fellow-feeling, and
         therefore requiers a certain degree of equality in
         situation, circumstances, etc., to its fullest exercise.
         Compassion is deep tenderness for another under severe
         or inevitable misfortune. Pity regards its object not
         only as suffering, but weak, and hence as inferior.
  2. \Pit"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pitied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To feel pity or compassion for; to have sympathy with; to
       compassionate; to commiserate; to have tender feelings
       toward (any one), awakened by a knowledge of suffering.
             Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord
             pitieth them that fear him.           --Ps. ciii.
    2. To move to pity; -- used impersonally. [Obs.]
             It pitieth them to see her in the dust. --Bk. of
                                                   Com. Prayer.
  3. \Pit"y\, v. i.
    To be compassionate; to show pity.
          I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy. --Jer.
                                                   xiii. 14.
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