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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
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).
To feel pity.
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.
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Adv.1.pityingly - in a compassionate manner; "the nurse looked at him pityingly"
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[ˈpɪtɪɪŋlɪ] ADV (= compassionately) → compasivamente, con lástima; (= contemptuously) → con desprecio
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[ˈpɪtɪɪŋlɪ] adv (see adj) → pietosamente, con aria ( or tono) di commiserazione
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
But when he left me, after a time, to think over what had passed between us, and to remember how kindly he had given way to me, my heart turned pityingly to those other wives (better women, some of them, than I am), whose husbands, under similar circumstances, would have spoken hard words to them--would perhaps even have acted more cruelly still.
And thus he would die -- out in the cold world, with no shelter over his homeless head, no friendly hand to wipe the death-damps from his brow, no loving face to bend pityingly over him when the great agony came.
"No; you miss many pleasures," remarked the cab-horse, pityingly. "You do not know the relief of brushing away a fly that has bitten you, nor the delight of eating delicious food, nor the satisfaction of drawing a long breath of fresh, pure air.
"Poor devil," Scott murmured pityingly. "What he needs is some show of human kindness," he added, turning and going into the cabin.
"The poor creature is starving," said Phil pityingly. "Why, his bones are almost coming through his skin."
But she believed what he said, and when she had quite grasped it she touched his hand, smiling pityingly, and said:
I had shattered his nervous system forever, he wrote, but had only stimulated his devotion to my family, and his Christian readiness to look pityingly on my transgressions.
Also were there shaking of heads and prophetic mutterings, and the women looked pityingly at Ikeega, and her face was grave and sad.
The fireman, as he looked up from his sweaty toil, sometimes found those eyes looking wonderingly into the raging depths of the furnace, and fearfully and pityingly at him, as if she thought him in some dreadful danger.
He smiled pityingly, in answer to the landlord's appeal, and said--
They were evidently talking of me, for every now and then they looked at me, and some of the people who were sitting on the bench outside the door-- came and listened, and then looked at me, most of them pityingly. I could hear a lot of words often repeated, queer words, for there were many nationalities in the crowd, so I quietly got my polyglot dictionary from my bag and looked them out.
Rouletabille looked at me pityingly, smiled carelessly, and remarked that I was reasoning like a postman, or--like Frederic Larsan.