- Pity is a feeling of sorrow or sympathy for someone or something.
An example of pity is what might be felt by someone toward a child after seeing the child's dog get hit by a car.
pity definition by Webster's New World
- sorrow felt for another's suffering or misfortune; compassion; sympathy
- the ability to feel such compassion
- a cause for sorrow or regret
Origin: Middle English pite ; from Old French pitet ; from Classical Latin pietas: see piety
- pityingly adverb
pity definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. pit·ies
- Sympathy and sorrow aroused by the misfortune or suffering of another.
- A matter of regret: It's a pity she can't attend the reception.
Origin: Middle English pite, from Old French, from Latin pietās, piety, compassion, from pius, dutiful.
- pitˈy·ing·ly adverb
pity - Phrases/Idioms
have pity onor take pity on