Definitions for: Pity


[n] the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
[n] an unfortunate development; "it's a pity he couldn't do it"
[n] a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; "the blind are too often objects of pity"
[v] share the suffering of



Webster (1913) Definition: Pit"y, n.; pl. Pities. [OE. pite, OF. pit['e],
piti['e], F. piti['e], L. pietas piety, kindness, pity. See
Pious, and cf. Piety.]
1. Piety. [Obs.] --Wyclif.

2. A feeling for the sufferings or distresses of another or
others; sympathy with the grief or misery of another;
compassion; fellow-feeling; commiseration.

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the
Lord. --Prov. xix.
17.

He . . . has no more pity in him than a dog. --Shak.

3. A reason or cause of pity, grief, or regret; a thing to be
regretted. ``The more the pity.'' --Shak.

What pity is it That we can die but once to serve
our country! --Addison.

Note: In this sense, sometimes used in the plural, especially
in the colloquialism: ``It is a thousand pities.''

Syn: Compassion; mercy; commiseration; condolence; sympathy,
fellow-suffering; fellow-feeling. -- Pity, Sympathy,
Compassion. Sympathy is literally fellow-feeling, and
therefore requiers a certain degree of equality in
situation, circumstances, etc., to its fullest exercise.
Compassion is deep tenderness for another under severe
or inevitable misfortune. Pity regards its object not
only as suffering, but weak, and hence as inferior.


Pit"y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pitied; p. pr. & vb. n.
Pitying.]
1. To feel pity or compassion for; to have sympathy with; to
compassionate; to commiserate; to have tender feelings
toward (any one), awakened by a knowledge of suffering.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord
pitieth them that fear him. --Ps. ciii.
13.

2. To move to pity; -- used impersonally. [Obs.]

It pitieth them to see her in the dust. --Bk. of
Com. Prayer.


Pit"y, v. i.
To be compassionate; to show pity.

I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy. --Jer.
xiii. 14.

Synonyms: commiseration, compassion, compassionate, condole with, feel for, pathos, ruth, shame, sympathize with

See Also: bad luck, care, commiserate, fellow feeling, grieve, mercifulness, mercy, misfortune, sorrow, sympathise, sympathize, sympathy

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