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pity

noun

  1. (sympathy)  a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
    Synonyms: commiseration, pathos, ruth. Type of: sympathy
  2. (misfortune)  an unfortunate development
    Synonyms: shame. Type of: misfortune
  3. (mercifulness)  the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
    Synonyms: compassion. Type of: mercifulness

verb

Etymology summary

Old French pite, pitet (11th century, Mod.French pitié), from Latin pietatem...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Pity

means feeling for others, particularly feelings of sadness or sorrow, and is used in a comparable sense to the more modern words "sympathy" and "empathy". Through insincere usage, it can also have a more unsympathetic connotation of feelings of ... (39 of 977 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

pity | have pity on [sense-specific] | more's the pity [sense-specific] | pitying [adjective, derived]

sympathy or sorrow felt for the sufferings of another | See "have pity on" | something that causes regret or pity | an unfortunate chance | See ... (23 of 481 words, 6 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pity

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pity [uncountable] | for pity's sake | it's a pity | more's the pity | take pity on someone

a strong feeling of sympathy that you have for someone because they are very unhappy or in a bad situation | [formal] an attitude in which you are ... (27 of 277 words, 6 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pity

pity [transitive, not usually progressive, verb] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pities [3rd-person singular present]

to feel sorry for someone because they are in a bad situation (12 of 63 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pity 10

Merriam-Webster:

pity [entry 1, noun] | pities [plural] | compassionate [verb, pity] | compassionated [verb, pity, past tense] | compassionating [verb, pity, present participle] | ache [verb, pity] | bleed [verb, pity] | commiserate [verb, pity] | condole [verb, pity] | ...

sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed, or unhappy ; capacity to feel pity | something to be regretted (17 of 267 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pity

pity [entry 2, verb] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | ache [synonym, sense-specific] | bleed [synonym, sense-specific] | commiserate [synonym, sense-specific] | compassionate [synonym, sense-specific] | condole [synonym, sense-specific] | feel [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to feel pity for | to feel pity (7 of 94 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Oxford Dictionary:

pity | pities [plural] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | have | for pity's sake | more's the pity | take pity | pityingly [derived]

the feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the sufferings and misfortunes of others | [singular] : a cause for regret or disappointment | feel ... (23 of 189 words, 6 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pity

Cambridge Dictionary:

pity [entry 1]

a feeling of sympathy and understanding for someone else's unhappiness or difficult situation | [singular] If something is described as a pity, it's ... (22 of 124 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pity 1

pity [entry 2]

to feel sympathy for someone (5 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pity 2

Random House Dictionary:

pity | pities [plural] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | have or take pity [sense-specific]

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. | ... (25 of 88 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/pity

Wiktionary:

pity | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pities [3rd-person singular present] | pitty [obsolete, sense-specific] | ruth [synonym, sense-specific] | shame [synonym, sense-specific] | what a pity [synonym, sense-specific] | what a shame [synonym, sense-specific]

[uncountable] A feeling of sympathy at the misfortune or suffering of someone or something. | [countable but not used in the plural] Something regrettable. | [transitive] To feel pity for (someone or something). | [transitive, regional] To make... (35 of 87 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pity

American Heritage Dictionary:

pity | pities [plural] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pityingly [adverb, related]

Sympathy and sorrow aroused by the misfortune or suffering of another. | A matter of regret | To feel pity for. | To feel pity. (22 of 61 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pity

New World Dictionary:

pity | pities [plural] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pityingly [adverb, related]

sorrow felt for another's suffering or misfortune; compassion; sympathy | the ability to feel such compassion | a cause for sorrow or regret | to feel ... (23 of 57 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pity

Encarta Dictionary:

pity | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pities [3rd-person singular present]

a feeling of sadness because of another person's trouble or suffering, or the capacity to feel this | a sad or regrettable thing | a willingness to ... (25 of 148 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726553​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

pity

First use: early 13th century

Origin: Old French pite, pitet (11th century, Mod.French pitié), from Latin pietatem (nominative pietas) "piety, affection, duty", ... (19 of 61 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

pity | pities [plural] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English pite from Old French pitet from Latin pietas: see "piety" | "pity"the or from Middle French pitier from Old French piter

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pity

Oxford Dictionary:

pity | pities [plural] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | have

Origin: Middle English (also in the sense "clemency, mildness"): from Old French pite "compassion", from Latin pietas "piety"; compare with "piety"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pity

American Heritage Dictionary:

pity | pities [plural] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English pite, from Old French, from Latin pietās, piety, compassion, from pius, dutiful.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pity

Wiktionary:

pity | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pities [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Anglo-Norman pité, pittee etc., from Old French pitet, pitié, from Latin pietās.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pity

Collins Dictionary:

pity

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French pité, from Latin pietās duty

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pity

Merriam-Webster:

pity [entry 1, noun] | pities [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English pite, from Anglo-French pité, from Latin pietat-, pietas piety, pity, from pius pious

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pity

Encarta Dictionary:

pity | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pities [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French pité from Latin pietas "dutifulness, piety, compassion"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726553​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

pity | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pities [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pity"

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Collins Dictionary:

pity

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pity"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

pity [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pity"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pity

pity [transitive, not usually progressive, verb] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pities [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pity"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

pity [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pity"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/pity

pity [transitive, not usually progressive, verb] | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pities [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pity"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

pity [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "pity"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "pity"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pity 1

the Free Dictionary:

pity

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Google Dictionary:

pity | pitied [past tense] | pitying [present participle] | pities [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "pity"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

pity

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pity"

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YourDictionary Audio:

pity

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pity" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Pity

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