Piteous meaning

pĭtē-əs
Demanding or arousing pity.

A piteous appeal for help.

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Pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
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(archaic) Pitying; compassionate.
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Arousing or deserving pity or compassion.
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Origin of piteous

  • Middle English from Old French piteus from Late Latin pietōsus merciful from Latin pietās compassion piety

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English pitous, from Old French piteus, pitus,

    From Wiktionary