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pit·y

 (pĭt′ē)
n. pl. pit·ies
1. Sympathy and sorrow aroused by the misfortune or suffering of another.
2. A matter of regret: It's a pity she can't attend the reception.
v. pit·ied, pit·y·ing, pit·ies
v.tr.
To feel pity for or on account of: "No, he could not believe it a bad house; not such a house as a man was to be pitied for having" (Jane Austen)."An office worker pitied his confinement and slipped in to give him a loaf of bread" (Eric Scigliano).
v.intr.
To feel pity.
Idiom:
have/take pity on
To show compassion for.

[Middle English pite, from Old French, from Latin pietās, piety, compassion, from pius, dutiful.]

pit′y·ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: pity, compassion, sympathy, empathy, commiseration, condolence
These nouns signify kindly concern aroused by the misfortune, affliction, or suffering of another. Pity often implies a feeling of sorrow that inclines one to help or to show mercy. The word usually suggests that the person feeling pity is better off or in a superior position to the person who is the object of pity: "Going with her mother everywhere, she saw what Althea did not: how the other women invited her out of pity" (Kate Wheeler).
Compassion denotes deep awareness of the suffering of another and the wish to relieve it: "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism" (Hubert H. Humphrey).
Sympathy denotes the act of or capacity for sharing in the sorrows or troubles of another: "They had little sympathy to spare for their unfortunate enemies" (William Hickling Prescott).
Empathy is an identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives: Having changed schools several times as a child, I feel empathy for the transfer students. Commiseration often entails the expression of pity or sorrow: expressed their commiseration over the failure of the experiment. Condolence is formal, conventional sympathy, usually toward a person who has experienced the loss of a loved one: sent a letter of condolence to the bereaved family.

pity

(ˈpɪtɪ)
n, pl pities
1. sympathy or sorrow felt for the sufferings of another
2. have pity on take pity on to have sympathy or show mercy for
3. something that causes regret or pity
4. an unfortunate chance: what a pity you can't come.
5. more's the pity it is highly regrettable (that)
vb, pities, pitying or pitied
(tr) to feel pity for
[C13: from Old French pité, from Latin pietās duty]
ˈpitying adj
ˈpityingly adv

pit•y

(ˈpɪt i)

n., pl. pit•ies, n.
1. sympathetic or kindly sorrow evoked by the suffering, distress, or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy.
2. a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret: What a pity you couldn't go!
v.t.
3. to feel pity or compassion for; be sorry for; commiserate with.
v.i.
4. to have compassion; feel pity.
Idioms:
have or take pity, to have compassion or show mercy.
[1175–1225; Middle English pite < Old French pite, earlier pitet < Latin pietātem, acc. of pietās piety]
pit′y•ing•ly, adv.
syn: See sympathy.

pity

  • alms - Goes back to Greek eleemosune, "compassion, pity," and eleos, "mercy."
  • bemoan, lament - Bemoaning is motivated when pity or grief is over an event that is joined to a consequence, whereas lamenting is motivated when the grief is over the event itself.
  • pity, piety - Pity and piety shared the meanings "compassion" and "dutifulness, reverence" for a while.
  • ruth, ruthless, ruthful - Ruth, meaning "compassion, pity," is part of ruthless and ruthful.

Pity

 of prisoners: a gang or group of prisoners—Lydgate, 1476.

Pity

 

See Also: KINDNESS

  1. As fire drives out fire, so pity [drives out] pity —William Shakespeare
  2. Collected sympathy like a street singer catching coins in a hat —Josephine Tey
  3. Felt a positive gush of pity … like the rising of a warm fountain —Rebecca West
  4. Felt the dull old nagging pull of other people’s trouble, like a toothache you can’t leave alone —Ross Macdonald
  5. Pity … green as grain —E. E. Cummings
  6. Ready sympathy that can be tapped like a vat —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  7. Wanting pity like a cat wants the mange —John Farris
  8. Wiped the pity away like cold sweat —James Crumley

pity


Past participle: pitied
Gerund: pitying

Imperative
pity
pity
Present
I pity
you pity
he/she/it pities
we pity
you pity
they pity
Preterite
I pitied
you pitied
he/she/it pitied
we pitied
you pitied
they pitied
Present Continuous
I am pitying
you are pitying
he/she/it is pitying
we are pitying
you are pitying
they are pitying
Present Perfect
I have pitied
you have pitied
he/she/it has pitied
we have pitied
you have pitied
they have pitied
Past Continuous
I was pitying
you were pitying
he/she/it was pitying
we were pitying
you were pitying
they were pitying
Past Perfect
I had pitied
you had pitied
he/she/it had pitied
we had pitied
you had pitied
they had pitied
Future
I will pity
you will pity
he/she/it will pity
we will pity
you will pity
they will pity
Future Perfect
I will have pitied
you will have pitied
he/she/it will have pitied
we will have pitied
you will have pitied
they will have pitied
Future Continuous
I will be pitying
you will be pitying
he/she/it will be pitying
we will be pitying
you will be pitying
they will be pitying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pitying
you have been pitying
he/she/it has been pitying
we have been pitying
you have been pitying
they have been pitying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pitying
you will have been pitying
he/she/it will have been pitying
we will have been pitying
you will have been pitying
they will have been pitying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pitying
you had been pitying
he/she/it had been pitying
we had been pitying
you had been pitying
they had been pitying
Conditional
I would pity
you would pity
he/she/it would pity
we would pity
you would pity
they would pity
Past Conditional
I would have pitied
you would have pitied
he/she/it would have pitied
we would have pitied
you would have pitied
they would have pitied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pity - a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of otherspity - a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; "the blind are too often objects of pity"
fellow feeling, sympathy - sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
2.pity - an unfortunate development; "it's a pity he couldn't do it"
misfortune, bad luck - unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
3.pity - the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
mercifulness, mercy - a disposition to be kind and forgiving; "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
Verb1.pity - share the suffering of
grieve, sorrow - feel grief
commiserate, sympathise, sympathize - to feel or express sympathy or compassion
care - feel concern or interest; "I really care about my work"; "I don't care"

pity

noun
2. shame, crime (informal), sin (informal), misfortune, bad luck, sad thing, bummer (slang), crying shame, source of regret It's a pity you couldn't come.
3. mercy, kindness, clemency, leniency, forbearance, quarter a killer who had no pity for his victims
verb
1. feel sorry for, feel for, sympathize with, grieve for, weep for, take pity on, empathize with, bleed for, commiserate with, have compassion for, condole with I don't know whether to hate him or pity him.
take pity on something or someone have mercy on, spare, forgive, pity, pardon, reprieve, show mercy to, feel compassion for, put out of your misery, relent against She took pity on him because he was homeless.

pity

noun
1. Sympathetic, sad concern for someone in misfortune:
2. A great disappointment or regrettable fact:
Slang: bummer.
Idiom: a crying shame.
verb
To experience or express compassion:
Idioms: be sorry, have pity.
Translations
حَنانخَسارَه، أسَفشَفَقَهيَشْفَق علىيُشْفِقُ عَلى
lítostlitovatškodamít soucit
medlidenhedskamhave medlidenhed medhave ondt af
säälisääliä
לרחם
sažaljenježaliti
könyörületmegsajnálszánalom
samúîsynd, skaîivorkenna
哀れみ哀れむ
동정불쌍히 여기다
apgailėtina būklėgailiaigailumasgailusnegailestingumas
just līdzlīdzjūtībanožēlojams gadījums/faktsžēlotžēlums
pomilovatisočutjeusmiliti se
medlidandetycka synd om
ความสงสารสงสาร
lòng thươngthương hại

pity

[ˈpɪtɪ]
A. N
1.piedad f, compasión f
to feel (no) pity for sb(no) sentir compasión por algn
have pity on usten piedad de nosotros
to move sb to pitymover a algn a compasión, dar lástima a algn
I did it out of pity for himse lo hice por compasión
for pity's sake!¡por piedad!; (less seriously) → ¡por el amor de Dios!
to take pity on sbcompadecerse or apiadarse de algn
2. (= cause of regret) → lástima f, pena f
what a pity!¡qué lástima!, ¡qué pena!
what a pity he didn't see it¡qué pena que no lo viera!
more's the pitydesgraciadamente, pero ¿qué le vamos a hacer?
it is a pity thates una lástima que + subjun, es una pena que + subjun
it is a pity that you can't comees una lástima or una pena que no puedas venir
the pity of it was thatlo lamentable fue que ..., lo peor del caso fue que ...
it is a thousand pities thates muy de lamentar que + subjun
B. VTcompadecer(se de), tener lástima a
I think he is more to be pitied than fearedyo creo que da más lástima que miedo
I don't want you to pity meno quiero que me tengas lástima
I pity you when she finds out!¡pobre de ti cuando se entere!

pity

[ˈpɪti]
n
(= compassion) → pitié f
to feel pity for sb → ressentir de la pitié pour qn
to have pity on sb → avoir pitié de qn
to take pity on sb → prendre pitié de qn
for pity's sake → au nom du ciel
(= shame) it's a pity (that) → c'est dommage que
It's a pity that you can't come → C'est dommage que vous ne puissiez pas venir.
It's a pity you didn't phone us earlier → C'est dommage que vous ne nous ayez pas téléphoné plus tôt.
what a pity! → quel dommage!
What a pity that you never got to meet him → Quel dommage que vous n'ayez jamais pu le rencontrer.
more's the pity → c'est bien dommage
vtplaindre

pity

n
Mitleid nt, → Mitgefühl nt, → Erbarmen nt; for pity’s sake!Erbarmen!; (less seriously) → um Himmels willen!; to have or take pity on somebody, to feel pity for somebodymit jdm Mitleid haben; but the king took pity on him and spared his lifeaber der König hatte Erbarmen mit ihm und schonte sein Leben; have you no pity?hast du kein Mitleid?; to do something out of pity (for somebody)etw aus Mitleid (mit jdm) tun; to feel no pitykein Mitgefühl etc haben, kein Mitleid fühlen; to move somebody to pityjds Mitleid (acc)erregen
(= cause of regret) (what a) pity!(wie) schade!; what a pity he can’t come(wie) schade, dass er nicht kommen kann; it’s a pity about the lack of ticketses ist schade, dass es nicht genug Eintrittskarten gibt; more’s the pity!leider; and I won’t be able to attend, more’s the pityund ich kann leider nicht teilnehmen; it is a pity that …es ist schade, dass …; the pity of it was that …das Traurige daran war, dass …; it’s a great pityes ist sehr schade, es ist jammerschade; (more formally) → es ist sehr bedauerlich; it would be a pity if he lost or were to lose this jobes wäre bedauerlich, wenn er seine Arbeit verlieren sollte; it would be a pity to waste this opportunityes wäre bedauerlich, diese Gelegenheit ungenutzt verstreichen zu lassen
vtbemitleiden, bedauern; (contemptuously) → bedauern; all I can say is that I pity youich kann nur sagen, du tust mir leid

pity

[ˈpɪtɪ]
1. n
a.compassione f, pietà
to feel pity for sb → provare compassione per qn
for pity's sake! → per amor del cielo! (pleading) → per pietà!
to have or take pity on sb → aver pietà di qn
b. (cause of regret) → peccato
what a pity! → che peccato!
more's the pity → purtroppo
it is a pity that you can't come → è un peccato che tu non possa venire

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.

pity

حَنان, يُشْفِقُ عَلى lítost, litovat have ondt af, medlidenhed bemitleiden, Mitleid συμπόνοια, συμπονώ compadecer, lástima sääli, sääliä avoir pitié de, pitié sažaljenje, žaliti avere pietà, pietà 哀れみ, 哀れむ 동정, 불쌍히 여기다 medelijden, medelijden hebben medlidenhet, synes synd på litość, pożałować compaixão, ter pena жалеть, жалость medlidande, tycka synd om ความสงสาร, สงสาร acıma, acımak lòng thương, thương hại 怜悯, 憾事

pity

n. lástima, compasión;
what a ___ !¡qué ___ !
References in classic literature ?
You have done a great deal for your country, sir, ' I said, feeling respect now, instead of pity.
He began to pity himself, but a sense of the absurdity of his thoughts made him smile.
The old man's smile, as he listened, was so full of sadness, of pity for things, that I never afterward forgot it.
She was moved by a kind of commiseration for Madame Ratignolle,--a pity for that colorless existence which never uplifted its possessor beyond the region of blind contentment, in which no moment of anguish ever visited her soul, in which she would never have the taste of life's delirium.
She smiled, as if in pity at her own momentary forgetfulness, discovering by the act a row of teeth that would have shamed the purest ivory; when, replacing the veil, she bowed her face, and rode in silence, like one whose thoughts were abstracted from the scene around her.
And inaudible, too, by mortal ear, but heard with all-comprehending love and pity in the farthest heaven, that almost agony of prayer --now whispered, now a groan, now a struggling silence--wherewith she besought the Divine assistance through the day Evidently, this is to be a day of more than ordinary trial to Miss Hepzibah, who, for above a quarter of a century gone by, has dwelt in strict seclusion, taking no part in the business of life, and just as little in its intercourse and pleasures.
But on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-hush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him.
What a pity they didn't stop up the chinks and the crannies though, and thrust in a little lint here and there.
A great pity, now, that this unfortunate whale should be hare-lipped.
Twas a pity,' he said, `that such a fine horse should go to the bad, for want of a real good chance,' and the end of it was that I came here not long before you did; but I had then made up my mind that men were my natural enemies and that I must defend myself.
Oh, Magdalen, if you have no pity on yourself, have some pity on me
Then the Editor described Dick's warning visit; and how he had seen in the lad's eye that there was a thrashing in the wind, and had escaped through pity only - so the Editor put it - 'through pity only sir.