American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sympathy and sorrow aroused by the misfortune or suffering of another.
- n. A matter of regret: It's a pity she can't attend the reception.
- v. To feel pity for.
- v. To feel pity.
- idiom. have To show compassion for.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sympathetic sorrow for the suffering with another; a feeling which inspires one to relieve the suffering of another.
- n. An appeal for pity.
- n. A cause, matter, or source, of regret or grief; a thing to be regretted: as, it is a pity you lost it; it is a thousand pities that it should be so.
- n. Synonyms pity, Compassion, Commiseration, Sympathy, condolence. Pity is the only one of these words that allows even a tinge of contempt; pity and Compassion come from one who is felt to be so far superior. Sympathy, on the other hand, puts the sufferer and the one sympathizing with him upon an equality by their fellow-feeling. Compassion does not keep so near its derivation; it is deep tenderness of feeling for one who is suffering. Sympathy is equal to compassion in its expression of tenderness. Commiseration is, by derivation, sharing another's misery; condolence is sharing another's grief. Commiseration may and condolence must stand for the communication to another of one's feelings of sorrow for his case. It is some comfort of receive commiseration or condolence; it gives one strength to receive sympathy from a loving heart; it is irksome to need compassion; it galls us to be pitied. Sympathy does not necessarily imply more than kinship of feeling. See also the quotations under condolence.
- To excite pity in; fill with pity or compassion: used impersonally.
- To feel pity or compassion for; compassionate; commiserate: as, to pity the blind or their misfortune; to pity the oppressed.
- Synonyms To sympathize with, feel for. See pity, n.
- To be compassionate; exercise pity.
- n. uncountable A feeling of sympathy at the misfortune or suffering of someone or something.
- n. Something regrettable.
- v. transitive To feel pity for (someone or something).
- interj. Short form of what a pity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Piety.
- n. A feeling for the sufferings or distresses of another or others; sympathy with the grief or misery of another; compassion; fellow-feeling; commiseration.
- n. A reason or cause of pity, grief, or regret; a thing to be regretted.
- v. 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.
- v. obsolete To move to pity; -- used impersonally.
- v. To be compassionate; to show pity.
- n. a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
- n. an unfortunate development
- n. the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
- v. share the suffering of
- From Anglo-Norman pité, pittee etc., from Old French pitet, pitié, from Latin pietās. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English pite, from Old French, from Latin pietās, piety, compassion, from pius, dutiful. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And those wretched remains of strength and youth, those bruised and battered men, looked with pity, yes, _with pity_, at our train.”
“E. LYONS: Well, it's either a smile and have him -- or what I call a pity party all day long.”
“The pity is they could not also see that the regime that was deposed was far from democratic, even though it had the support of most ethnic Fijians.”
“The pity is it took an outrageous, bigoted crack by him for NPR to do what it should have done a long time ago.”
“What it does do though, and it's a pity, is it says to people who have got significant private financial involvements that there's a pretty big cost involved in taking on public office.”
“Complaint Department: What a pity is it that I, so aged and crafty, am ignorant of this young upstart who haunts my every step!”
“Giving you pity is like giving a crackwhore more rocks.”
“The only pity is there are so many brianwashed morons like YOU still stubbornly holding on to your delusional fantasies because you prefer them to reality.”
“That pity is diluted by the fact that he allegedly ripped off the Government by more than $400,000, although he would have been entitled to some of that by virtue of his age.”
“The pity is that it probably was up until after 2000 and a blatantly dishonest, arrogantly self-focused, irresponsible and unconscionable sociopath was elected president and we see what that cost us.”
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