WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
pit•y /ˈpɪti/USA pronunciation
n., pl. pit•ies, v., pit•ied, pit•y•ing. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [~ + object]
- sympathetic or kindhearted sorrow for, or sensitiveness to, another's suffering, distress, or misfortune:[uncountable]felt pity for her.
- [countable; usually singular;
a + ~] a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret:What a pity you couldn't go![It + be + ~ + (that) clause]It's a pity (that) you can't come to the party.
- to feel pity for;
be sorry for:He pitied the poor immigrants who worked in sweatshops.
- Idiomshave or take pity on, [~ + object] to have compassion for, or show mercy to:begged him to have pity on the political prisoners.
(pit′ē),USA pronunciation n., pl. pit•ies, v., pit•ied, pit•y•ing. n.
- sympathetic or kindly sorrow evoked by the suffering, distress, or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy:to feel pity for astarving child.
- a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret:What a pity you could not go!
- Idiomshave or take pity. to show mercy or compassion.
- to feel pity or compassion for;
be sorry for;
- to have compassion;
- Latin pietāt- (stem of pietās) piety
- Old French pite, earlier pitet
- Middle English pite 1175–1225
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged commiseration, compassion. See sympathy.
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pity /ˈpɪtɪ/ n ( pl pities)
vb (pities, pitying, pitied)
- sympathy or sorrow felt for the sufferings of another
- have pity on, take pity on ⇒ to have sympathy or show mercy for
- something that causes regret or pity
- an unfortunate chance: what a pity you can't come
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French pité, from Latin pietās dutyˈpitying adj ˈpityingly adv
- (transitive) to feel pity for
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