Pity definition

pĭtē
Sorrow felt for another's suffering or misfortune; compassion; sympathy.
noun
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A matter of regret.

It's a pity she can't attend the reception.

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The ability to feel such compassion.
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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.

noun
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To feel pity for or on account of.
verb
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To feel pity for (someone or something). [from 15th c.]
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(uncountable) A feeling of sympathy at the misfortune or suffering of someone or something.
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(now regional) To make (someone) feel pity; to provoke the sympathy or compassion of. [from 16th c.]
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Short form of what a pity.
interjection
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To feel pity.
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Sympathy and sorrow aroused by the misfortune or suffering of another.
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To feel pity (for)
verb
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A cause for sorrow or regret.
noun
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(countable) Something regrettable.

It's a pity you're feeling unwell because there's a party on tonight.

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have
  • To show compassion for.
idiom
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have pity on
  • to show pity or compassion for
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

have pity on

Origin of pity

  • Middle English pite from Old French from Latin pietās piety, compassion from pius dutiful

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

  • From Anglo-Norman pité, pittee etc., from Old French pitet, pitié, from Latin pietās.

    From Wiktionary