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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 ?
She did not even speak, but sat looking at her hands, absorbed in the piteousness of that thought.
But for his part, Bendrix finds no rest in this apocalyptic conclusion, because eros compels him to attend not only to his own neediness, but also to the piteousness of others.
Charles Dickens, in his A Christmas Carol (1843), for example, takes Ebeneezer Scrooge back to his childhood, reminding him what he was once like and of what he once cared about, and then forward into his present to see the lives of others and the piteousness of Bob Cratchit's little boy, Tiny Tim.