from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Middle English form of piteous.
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She was "so pitous" that she wept to see a mouse caught, or if one of her little dogs died.
She was so charitable and so pitous, and then, as we are waiting to hear of her almsgiving to the poor -- that she would weep over a mouse in a trap, or a beaten puppy, says Chaucer.
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