arousing or deserving pity or compassion
Origin of piteousMiddle English piteus from Middle French from Old French pitous from Ecclesiastical Late Latin an unverified form pietosus from pietas: see piety
- Demanding or arousing pity: a piteous appeal for help. See Synonyms at pathetic.
- Archaic Pitying; compassionate.
Origin of piteousMiddle English from Old French piteus from Late Latin pietōsus merciful from Latin pietās compassion ; see piety .
(comparative more piteous, superlative most piteous)
- pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
- see pity
Middle English pitous, from Old French piteus, pitus,