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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (1)

1. deserving or inciting pity;
- Example: "a hapless victim"
- Example: "miserable victims of war"
- Example: "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy
- Example: "piteous appeals for help"
- Example: "pitiable homeless children"
- Example: "a pitiful fate"
- Example: "Oh, you poor thing"
- Example: "his poor distorted limbs"
- Example: "a wretched life"
[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 Pity.] 1. Pious; devout. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation. --Wyclif. [1913 Webster] 2. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate; tender. "[She] piteous of his case." --Pope. [1913 Webster] She was so charitable and so pitous. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable; lamentable; sad; as, a piteous case. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] The most piteous tale of Lear. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Paltry; mean; pitiful. "Piteous amends." --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: Sorrowful; mournful; affecting; doleful; woeful; rueful; sad; wretched; miserable; pitiable; pitiful; compassionate. [1913 Webster] -- Pit"e*ous*ly, adv. -- Pit"e*ous*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

piteous 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