Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being pitiful, in any sense.

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  • noun The state or quality of being pitiful.

Etymologies

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pitiful +‎ -ness

Examples

  • He sees through them, and all that he sees is their frailty, their meagreness, their sordidness, their pitifulness.

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  • And PLEASE to whomever excused her pitifulness to her age and compared her to Miley Cirus.

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  • Wife, children, friends—in the clear white light of his logic they are exposed as frauds and shams… he sees their frailty, their meagerness, their sordidness, their pitifulness… And he knows his one freedom: he may anticipate the day of his death… suicide, quick or slow, a sudden spill or a gradual oozing away through the years, is the price John Barleycorn exacts.7

    Raymond Carver

  • Ngai notes, "The formal attributes associated with cuteness — smallness, compactness, softness, simplicity, and pliancy — call forth specific affects: helplessness, pitifulness, and even despondency" Ngai 816.

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  • Sorry to take pleasure from your pitifulness, Jean Paul.

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  • In Washington, where the assassin's weapon is usually a well-placed leak, Rumsfeld last week was left explaining, with uncharacteristic pitifulness, that he had not seen the actual pictures that appalled the world until eight days after the images first appeared on CBS's "60 Minutes II."

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  • The pitifulness of this passage is sufficiently obvious.

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  • The list of possible excuses NOT to speak out is endless, limited only by the pitifulness of the person making the list, but you get the idea.

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  • The senses may become terrified by plunging among them as they are, but there is a pitifulness even in their glory.

    Two on a Tower

  • She wrapped her pitifulness around herself like a blanket and disappeared inside.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

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