Definitions

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  • adv. In a piteous manner; pathetically; plaintively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a piteous manner; pleadingly; as if for pity or mercy; mournfully; sadly; dreadfully.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a piteous manner

Etymologies

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piteous +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Hear him call piteously his father's name; see him clutch his fingers as he shrieks for his sister -- his only sister, the twin of his soul -- now weeping for him in his distant home!

    The Canadian Elocutionist

  • Then in his throbbing head there was a question that kept on repeating itself -- that cry he had last heard as of someone calling piteously, something about his father, and who could it be?

    Dead Man's Land Being the Voyage to Zimbambangwe of certain and uncertain

  • But the scene was suddenly changed; a quick step came round the hot-house; the birds flew away, and the mother called piteously to her child to follow.

    Debit and Credit Translated from the German of Gustav Freytag

  • The sight of her suffering agonized him beyond expression, but he took her hands -- he pressed them, for they were icy cold -- he called piteously on her name.

    Foul Play

  • For a while he was satisfied that his skull was fractured, and at least seven of his ribs driven in; and, as M'Bride came up, he called piteously to him to examine and see if his brains were not oozing out.

    Alamance; Or, the Great and Final Experiment viii, 9-151, [1] p.

  • The unhappy boy was extended on the bed, in a raging fever; ever and anon he called piteously upon his father, then he cried out that Dunstan was pursuing him, driving him into the pit, then he cried -- "Father, I did not murder thee; not I, thy son! nay, I always loved thee in my heart.

    Edwy the Fair or the First Chronicle of Aescendune

  • I heard my aunt call piteously from behind, but then my uncle said, “Swanle!” —

    The Joy Luck Club

  • Dragging his fragile-looking damp wings on the ground, he began to lunge this way and that, calling piteously, while the adult dragons crooned encouragement, reinforced by Ramoth's half-hum, half-howl.

    Dragon Drums

  • He listened intently -- surely he heard a soft sweet voice calling piteously through the wind.

    The Eternal Maiden

  • He continued delirious and his mind dwelt upon his recent trials, at one moment struggling against unseen enemies and the next calling piteously upon his brother

    Rabbi and Priest A Story

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