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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.
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Adv.1.piteously - in a piteous manner
بِعَطْفٍ وَشَفَقَه
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[ˈpɪtɪəslɪ] ADVlastimeramente


advmitleiderregend; cry etc alsokläglich


[ˈpɪtɪəslɪ] advpietosamente


(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.
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 ?
The Walnut-Tree piteously exclaimed, "O wretched me
Presently the old judge came out of his faint and looked up piteously into the sympathetic face that was bent over him.
The Major looked piteously at Benjamin, and shook his head.
In order to go and see the Esmeralda," replied Jupiter piteously.
But he laid hold of me with both his hands and spoke piteously, saying, 'Sir, do not force me to go with you, but let me stay here, for I know you will not bring one of them back with you, nor even return alive yourself; let us rather see if we cannot escape at any rate with the few that are left us, for we may still save our lives.
I bound her, but just as I was about to kill her she began to low most piteously, and I saw that her eyes were streaming with tears.
When he got down, the five of them were sitting screaming and lamenting quite piteously, each out- doing the other.
I'm so afraid of your going to Paris," she said piteously.
The flogging was only just over, and the executioner was releasing from the flogging bench a stout man with red whiskers, in blue stockings and a green jacket, who was moaning piteously.
His tame sweetheart is a widow, and wears a bit of black worsted round her leg; she laments most piteously, but it's all mere talk and stuff
Come, don't let your imagination run away with you," said Stepan Arkadyevitch piteously.
She put out one arm toward Tom, looking up at him piteously with her helpless, childish blue eyes.