1. [syn: hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Piteous \Pit"e*ous\, a. [OE. pitous, OF. pitos, F. piteux. See
1. Pious; devout. [Obs.]
The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation.
2. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate;
tender. "[She] piteous of his case." --Pope.
She was so charitable and so pitous. --Chaucer.
3. Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable;
lamentable; sad; as, a piteous case. --Spenser.
The most piteous tale of Lear. --Shak.
4. Paltry; mean; pitiful. "Piteous amends." --Milton.
Syn: Sorrowful; mournful; affecting; doleful; woeful; rueful;
sad; wretched; miserable; pitiable; pitiful;
[1913 Webster] -- Pit"e*ous*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim";
"miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her
as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous
appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a
pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted
limbs"; "a wretched life" [syn: hapless, miserable,
misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable,
pitiful, poor, wretched]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
53 Moby Thesaurus words for "piteous":
affecting, afflictive, beseeching, bitter, bleak, cheerless,
comfortless, deplorable, depressing, depressive, discomforting,
dismal, dismaying, distressful, distressing, doleful, dolorific,
dolorogenic, dolorous, dreary, emotional, entreating, grievous,
heartrending, imploring, joyless, lamentable, melancholy,
miserable, mournful, moving, painful, pathetic, pitiable, pitiful,
plaintive, poignant, poor, regrettable, rueful, ruined, sad,
saddening, sharp, sore, sorrowful, supplicating, tearful, touching,
uncomfortable, woebegone, woeful, wretched