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pit·e·ous

 (pĭt′ē-əs)
adj.
1. Demanding or arousing pity: a piteous appeal for help. See Synonyms at pathetic.
2. Archaic Pitying; compassionate.

[Middle English, from Old French piteus, from Late Latin pietōsus, merciful, from Latin pietās, compassion; see piety.]

pit′e·ous·ly adv.
pit′e·ous·ness n.

piteous

(ˈpɪtɪəs)
adj
1. exciting or deserving pity
2. archaic having or expressing pity
ˈpiteously adv
ˈpiteousness n

pit•e•ous

(ˈpɪt i əs)

adj.
evoking or deserving pity; pathetic.
pit′e•ous•ly, adv.
pit′e•ous•ness, n.
syn: See pitiful.

piteous

, pitiable, pitiful - Piteous is generally not used when speaking of people, pitiable means "able to be pitied," and pitiful most often means "insignificant; below contempt."
See also related terms for insignificant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.piteous - deserving or inciting pitypiteous - deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"

piteous

piteous

adjective
1. Arousing or deserving pity:
2. Archaic. Feeling or expressing pity:
Archaic: pitiful.
Translations
مُثير للعَطْف والشَّفَقَه
soucitnýúpěnlivýžalostný
hjerteskærende
vorkunnsamur
acıklıhüzünlü

piteous

[ˈpɪtɪəs] ADJ [cry] → lastimero; [expression, story] → lastimoso
it was a piteous sightdaba lástima verlo

piteous

[ˈpɪtiəs] adjpitoyable

piteous

adjmitleiderregend; soundskläglich

piteous

[ˈpɪtɪəs] adjpietoso/a

pity

(ˈpiti) noun
1. a feeling of sorrow for the troubles and sufferings of others. He felt a great pity for her.
2. a cause of sorrow or regret. What a pity (that) she can't come.
verb
to feel pity for (someone). She pitied him; She is to be pitied.
piteous (ˈpitiəs) adjective
pitiful. a piteous cry/sight.
ˈpiteously adverb
ˈpiteousness noun
ˈpitiable adjective
pitiful. He was in a pitiable condition; He made a pitiable attempt.
ˈpitiably adverb
ˈpitiful adjective
1. very sad; causing pity. a pitiful sight.
2. very poor, bad etc; causing contempt. a pitiful attempt; a pitiful amount of money.
ˈpitifully adverb
ˈpitifulness noun
ˈpitiless adjective
without pity. pitiless cruelty.
ˈpitilessly adverb
ˈpitilessness noun
ˈpityingly adverb
in a way which shows that one feels pity for someone. He looked at her pityingly.
have pity on
to feel pity for (someone because of something). Have pity on the old man.
take pity on
to act kindly, or relent, towards (someone), from a feeling of pity. He took pity on the hungry children and gave them food.
References in classic literature ?
But the Cock expostulated in piteous tones from his perch: "If you kill me, who will announce to you the appearance of the dawn?
These piteous wrecks that are my comrades here say we have reached the bottom of the scale, the final humiliation; they say that when a horse is no longer worth the weeds and discarded rubbish they feed to him, they sell him to the bull-ring for a glass of brandy, to make sport for the people and perish for their pleasure.
I was terror-stricken, my voice stuck in my throat, and I was in the deepest distress; nevertheless I summoned up my strength as well as I could, and in a trembling and piteous voice I addressed such words to him as induced him to stay the infliction of a punishment so severe.
Meanwhile the miser crept out of the bush half-naked and in a piteous plight, and began to ponder how he should take his revenge, and serve his late companion some trick.
Suddenly the angry, squirrel-like expression of the princess' pretty face changed into a winning and piteous look of fear.
Some faint attempts she had made with blue ribbon, to freshen the appearance of a dingy curtain, she now saw to be piteous.
And he recalled the timid, piteous expression with which Anna had said to him at parting: "Anyway, you will see him.
But, as neither of these criminals answered to the name of Oliver, or knew anything about him, Nancy made straight up to the bluff officer in the striped waistcoat; and with the most piteous wailings and lamentations, rendered more piteous by a prompt and efficient use of the street-door key and the little basket, demanded her own dear brother.
But ere he entered his cabin, a light, unnatural, half-bantering, yet most piteous sound was heard.
But the monkey made such piteous cries, and seemed so unhappy when anyone attempted to catch him, that the two ladies begged the King to leave him a little longer with them, to which he consented.
Allegations made in a petition to the Peshawar High Court by Mardan's transgender community against the provincial police force are piteous.
Or bemoan the piteous fact that, amidst all the tragedy in their lives, Zainab's father found the time to demand that the man leading the investigation step down because he is an Ahmedi?