- (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
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Proverbs 19:17:
- He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.
- c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iii]:
- He […] has no more pity in him than a dog.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes […], London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:, Folio Society, 2006, p.5:
- The most usuall way to appease those minds we have offended […] is, by submission to move them to commiseration and pitty.
- (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!
- 1759–1767, [Laurence Sterne], The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, volume (please specify |volume=I to IX), London: […] T. Becket and P. A. Dehondt, […]:
- It was a thousand pities.
- What pity is it / That we can die but once to serve our country!
- (obsolete) Piety.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
feeling of sympathy
- (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.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Psalms 103:13:
- Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
- 1902, Hilaire Belloc, The Path to Rome:
- Nor could she get round them on a single point, and I pitied her so much that I bought bread and wine off her to console her, and I let her overcharge me, and went out into the afterglow with her benediction, followed also by the farewells of the middle-class, who were now taking their coffee at little tables outside the house.
- (transitive, now regional) To make (someone) feel pity; to provoke the sympathy or compassion of. [from 16th c.]
to feel pity for someone or something — See also translations at take pity
- Short form of what a pity.
what a pity — see what a pity
Declension of pity
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pitych (optional animate form)
declension of pity