1. a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others;
- Example: "the blind are too often objects of pity"
[syn: commiseration, pity, ruth, pathos]
2. an unfortunate development;
- Example: "it's a pity he couldn't do it"
[syn: pity, shame]
3. the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it;
[syn: compassion, pity]
1. share the suffering of;
[syn: feel for, pity, compassionate, condole with, sympathize with]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pity \Pit"y\, n.; pl. Pities. [OE. pite, OF. pit['e], piti['e], F. piti['e], L. pietas piety, kindness, pity. See Pious, and cf. Piety.] 1. Piety. [Obs.] --Wyclif. [1913 Webster] 2. A feeling for the sufferings or distresses of another or others; sympathy with the grief or misery of another; compassion; fellow-feeling; commiseration. [1913 Webster] He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord. --Prov. xix. 17. [1913 Webster] He . . . has no more pity in him than a dog. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A reason or cause of pity, grief, or regret; a thing to be regretted. "The more the pity." --Shak. [1913 Webster] What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country! --Addison. [1913 Webster] Note: In this sense, sometimes used in the plural, especially in the colloquialism: "It is a thousand pities." [1913 Webster] Syn: Compassion; mercy; commiseration; condolence; sympathy, fellow-suffering; fellow-feeling. -- Pity, Sympathy, Compassion. Sympathy is literally fellow-feeling, and therefore requiers a certain degree of equality in situation, circumstances, etc., to its fullest exercise. Compassion is deep tenderness for another under severe or inevitable misfortune. Pity regards its object not only as suffering, but weak, and hence as inferior. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pity \Pit"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pitied; p. pr. & vb. n. Pitying.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. --Ps. ciii. 13. [1913 Webster] 2. To move to pity; -- used impersonally. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It pitieth them to see her in the dust. --Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pity \Pit"y\, v. i. To be compassionate; to show pity. [1913 Webster] I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy. --Jer. xiii. 14. [1913 Webster]The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
PITY, n. A failing sense of exemption, inspired by contrast.Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
65 Moby Thesaurus words for "pity": abomination, acceptance, ache, atrocity, be sorry for, bleed, bleed for, chanty, clemency, clementness, commiserate, commiseration, compassion, compassionate, condole with, condolence, crime, dejection, desecration, disgrace, distress, easiness, easygoingness, feel, feel for, feel sorrow for, feel sorry for, forbearance, forbearing, gentleness, humaneness, humanity, ignominy, infamy, lament for, laxness, lenience, leniency, lenientness, lenity, melancholy, mercifulness, mercy, mildness, misfortune, moderateness, patience, profanation, rue, ruth, sacrilege, sadness, scandal, shame, sin, softness, sorrow, sympathize, sympathize with, sympathy, tenderness, terrible thing, tolerance, violation, weep for