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 piet&omacron;sus, merciful, from Latin pietas, 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,