Definition of piteous in English:


Line breaks: pit|eous
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪtɪəs


  • Deserving or arousing pity: a piteous cry
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    • The girl uttered a cry, long, tremulous, heart-rending, piteous.
    • This same mother will also tell you not to cut the tree, for it will bleed real blood during the night and cry out with a piteous wail.
    • The court proved immune to these piteous cries and upheld the sentence, anyway.



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  • I will now refrain from weeping piteously into my keyboard.
  • The woman chewed the herbs for a while, as if mulling them over slowly, and then swallowed piteously.
  • Young and old, they stand in corners, hands outstretched, mewing piteously.


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  • The force of Sarah's character, and the central irony and piteousness of the story, all flow from Sarah's determination to keep her promise.
  • I shook my head at her piteousness, and took out my cell phone.


Middle English: from Old French piteus, from Latin pietas 'piety, pity' (see piety).

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