Definition of pittance in English:
- It does give some money - a pittance - to some boys and girls.
- So I'll have at least a tiny pittance of spending money for a few days, before it runs out again.
- Two of the world's richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, say they'll leave what amounts to a pittance to their children.
pity from (Middle English):
Latin pius meant ‘pious’(Late Middle English) but had a wider range of meanings than the word does in modern English, to include a wide range of moral qualities from being dutiful to your parents to being loyal, affectionate, compassionate, and kind. The Latin noun was pietas, and this, via French, became both pity and piety (originally used in the same sense as ‘pity’), both Middle English. Pietas also developed a medieval Latin form pitantia, which meant ‘a charitable donation’ and the meagre daily dole of food given out to monks and also to paupers. From this comes Middle English pittance.
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