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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English pitye, pitie, pittye, pitee, pite, from Anglo-Norman pité, pittee etc., from Old French pitet, pitié, from Latin pietās. See also the doublets pietà and piety.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɪti/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪti

NounEdit

pity (countable and uncountable, plural pities)

  1. (uncountable) A feeling of sympathy at the misfortune or suffering of someone or something.
    I can't feel any pity towards the gang, who got injured while attempting to break into a flat.
    take pity on someone
  2. (countable) Something regrettable.
    It's a pity you're feeling unwell because there's a party on tonight.
    What a pity about the band breaking up. I loved them!
  3. (obsolete) Piety.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)

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pity (third-person singular simple present pities, present participle pitying, simple past and past participle pitied)

  1. (transitive) To feel pity for (someone or something). [from 15th c.]
    You have got to pity the guy - he lost his wife, mother and job in the same month.
  2. (transitive, now regional) To make (someone) feel pity; to provoke the sympathy or compassion of. [from 16th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.11:
      She lenger yet is like captiv'd to bee; / That even to thinke thereof it inly pitties mee.
    • a. 1681, Richard Allestree, Of Gods Method in giving Deliverance
      It pitieth them to see her in the dust.

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pity!

  1. Short form of what a pity.

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CzechEdit

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pity

  1. inflection of pít:
    1. inanimate masculine plural passive participle
    2. feminine plural passive participle

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pity

  1. past passive participle of piś

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pity

  1. masculine singular passive adjectival participle of pić

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pity f

  1. inflection of pita:
    1. genitive singular
    2. nominative/accusative/vocative plural