from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Demanding or arousing pity: a piteous appeal for help. See Synonyms at pathetic.
- adj. Archaic Pitying; compassionate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
- adj. pious; devout
- adj. compassionate; tender
- adj. paltry; mean; pitiful
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pious; devout.
- adj. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate; tender.
- adj. Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable; lamentable; sad.
- adj. Paltry; mean; pitiful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of pity or compassion; compassionate; affected by pity.
- Such as to excite pity or move to compassion; affecting; lamentable; sorrowful; mournful; sad: as, a piteous look; a piteous case.
- Pitiful; paltry; poor: as, piteous amends. Milton.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deserving or inciting pity
Middle English, from Old French piteus, from Late Latin pietōsus, merciful, from Latin pietās, compassion; see piety.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English pitous, from Old French piteus, pitus, (Wiktionary)