['pɪtɪ] or ['pɪti]
(noun.) an unfortunate development; 'it's a pity he couldn't do it'.
Typist: Melba--From WordNet
(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. t.) 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. t.) To move to pity; -- used impersonally.
(v. i.) To be compassionate; to show pity.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
n. Compassion, commiseration, sympathy, fellow-feeling, bowels of compassion, melting mood.
v. a. Commiserate, compassionate, sympathize with, feel for, have pity or compassion for, feel sorry for, condole with.
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Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Mercy, compassion, tenderness, commiseration, ruth, sympathy, condolence
ANT:Cruelty, hardheartedness, relentlessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness
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n. a strong feeling for or with the sufferings of others: sympathy with distress: a cause or source of pity or grief.—v.t. to feel pity with: to sympathise with:—pa.t. and pa.p. pit′ied.—adj. Pit′iable deserving pity: affecting: wretched.—n. Pit′iableness.—adv. Pit′iably.—n. Pit′ier one who pities.—adj. Pit′iful feeling pity: compassionate: exciting pity: sad: despicable.—adv. Pit′ifully.—n. Pit′ifulness.—adj. Pit′iless without pity: cruel.—adv. Pit′ilessly.—n. Pit′ilessness.—adv. Pit′yingly in a pitying manner.—It pitieth me you them &c. (Pr. Bk.) it causeth pity in me you them &c.
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Unserious Contents or Definition
n. A failing sense of exemption inspired by contrast.
Unserious Contents or Definition
An emotion awakened in a man's mind when he beholds the children of a woman who might have married him instead.
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- It is a pity they are not handsome! Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- It's a pity he should break his neck himself, and disappoint the sight-seers. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- I don't even blame you--I pity you for opening your heart to a hopeless affection. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Not to mention that women and children are most subject to pity, as being most guided by that faculty. David Hume. A Treatise of Human Nature.
- Was it all self-pity, loneliness, or low spirits? Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- Whether from awe or pity, nobody raised the price on him. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- It must seem very strange to any one but me, and does even to me: I often feel the old sad pity for--I need not write the word--for him. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- I told them what a hard master Mr. Creakle was, and they pitied me very much. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- I have always pitied the delusion, always. Charles Dickens. Hard Times.
- Lily's feelings were softer: she pitied him in a frightened ineffectual way. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- She was interesting; she was admirable; she was deeply to be pitied. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- That's a fair young lady to be pitied by and wept for by! Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- He is to be pitied, ma'am. Charles Dickens. Hard Times.
- It was a hard case, upon my word; and, I do think you were very much to be pitied, were the kind responses of listening sympathy. Jane Austen. Mansfield Park.
- I can't resist them when I see Sallie buying all she wants, and pitying me because I don't. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- Some pitying hand may find it there, when I and my sorrows are dust. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- Pitying his desolation, and watching him as he gradually settled down upon the pie, I made bold to say, I am glad you enjoy it. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- There was no speech nor language, no pitying voice or helping hand, from that distant sky. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- The two men were pitying each other, but it was only Will who guessed the extent of his companion's trouble. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- Come here, and I will comfort you, said Caroline, in a pitying accent. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- And I was pitying you having jaundice. Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- It is a thousand pities that we have not a reproduction of those which were done in chalk upon the window-sill. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- To be sure, rejoined his brother; it would be a thousand pities to throw away such a chance of fun. Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- Yes, 'tis a thousand pities you didn't see me in four! Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- She pities him, so she is good to him, said Jo, beaming at her from the croquet ground. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- When immortal Bunyan makes his picture of the persecuting passions bringing in their verdict of guilty, who pities Faithful? George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- It is a thousand pities you haven't patience to go and see your uncle more, so proud of you as he is, and wanted you to live with him. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me? Mary Shelley. Frankenstein_Or_The Modern Prometheus.