Definitions for pityˈpɪt i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(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.
a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret:
What a pity you couldn't go!
(v.t.)to feel pity or compassion for; be sorry for; commiserate with.
(v.i.)to have compassion; feel pity.
Idioms for pity:
have or take pity,to have compassion or show mercy.
* Syn: See sympathy.
Origin of pity:
1175–1225; ME pite < OF pite, earlier pitet < L pietātem, acc. of pietāspiety
commiseration, pity, ruth, pathos(noun)
a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
"the blind are too often objects of pity"
an unfortunate development
"it's a pity he couldn't do it"
the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
feel for, pity, compassionate, condole with, sympathize with(verb)
share the suffering of
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a feeling of great sympathy or sorrow toward sb because they are in a bad situation
She felt pity for the people who had nothing left.
used to say that you feel sorry or disappointed
It's a pity nobody called me.
to help sb you feel sorry for
A passing driver took pity on us and drove us to town.
to feel sorry or sympathy for
I pity those people who had to wait all night.
A feeling of sympathy at the misfortune or suffering of someone or something.
(countable but not used in the plural) Something regrettable.
To feel pity for (someone or something).
Short form of what a pity.
Origin: From pité, pittee etc., from pitet, pitié, from pietas.
a feeling for the sufferings or distresses of another or others; sympathy with the grief or misery of another; compassion; fellow-feeling; commiseration
a reason or cause of pity, grief, or regret; a thing to be regretted
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
to move to pity; -- used impersonally
to be compassionate; to show pity
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
An emotion awakened in a man's mind when he beholds the children of a woman who might have married him instead.
Translations for pity
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a feeling of sorrow for the troubles and sufferings of others
He felt a great pity for her.
- dóPortuguese (BR)
- das MitleidGerman
- οίκτος, λύπησηGreek
- pena, compasiónSpanish
- 동정, 연민Korean
- gailestis, užuojautaLithuanian
- žēlums; līdzjūtībaLatvian
- belas kasihanMalay
- medynk, medlidenhetNorwegian
- زړه سيزل، خواخوږى، كول افسوس كولPashto
- medlidande, medömkanSwedish
- acıma, merhametTurkish
- 憐憫Chinese (Trad.)
- жалість, співчуттяUkrainian
- ترس، رحمUrdu
- thương hạiVietnamese
- 怜悯Chinese (Simp.)
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