noun (plural pities)
- 1 [mass noun] The feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the sufferings and misfortunes of others: her voice was full of pityMore example sentences
- He had no pity, no compassion, no understanding of what the victims of war suffered.
- Some said that to heal this rift in the Malay ground, some pity, or compassion, must be shown to Anwar.
- A good number of her early poems attempt to work on the reader's sense of pity and compassion.
- 2 [in singular] A cause for regret or disappointment: it’s a pity you didn’t contact us first what a pity we can’t be friendsMore example sentences
- In the end, it's a pity because the situation could have been handled a lot better and without the angst and tears.
- It's such a pity, when perfectly reasonable tinned crab is available in the supermarkets!
- This enforced secrecy is a pity, because Lalonde might have some useful advice to offer his cousin.
verb (pities, pitying, pitied)[with object] Back to top
- Feel sorrow for the misfortunes of: I could see from their faces that they pitied me (as adjective pitying) he gave her a pitying lookMore example sentences
- They were pitied, but few shared empathy with their hopes and dreams.
- She is pitying my cynical singledom, and I am worrying about her future.
- Well, when you stop being frightened of someone and then you stop pitying them, there's not really a lot left.
for pity's sake
- • informal Used to express impatience or make an urgent appeal: for pity’s sake, get a move on!More example sentences
- Look, will you just shut up about the band, for pity's sake?
- I'm 36, for pity's sake, and I'm not a defenseless kid now.
- I mean, for pity's sake, just read one, can't you?
more's the pity
- • informal Used to express regret about a fact that has just been stated: you’re not the one who has to pay the bills, more’s the pityMore example sentences
- Well, I'm not as sick as I was, and more's the pity.
- You can't bring cameras into the dungeon, more's the pity.
- Shafer and Gore apparently don't see it that way; more's the pity.
take (or have) pity
- Show compassion: the old couple took pity on him and gave him foodMore example sentences
- Perhaps you, too, may laugh at me, but you will relent and have pity on me.
- Finally she took pity on me, and explained that she was Romanian.
- I allowed him to stay at my home because I took pity on him.
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- His father said pityingly, in an offhand manner, ‘I suppose you wanted to say that earlier.’
- Tash looked pityingly at me and said, ‘Mel, in here we're the hipsters.’
- I smile pityingly at those Johnnies-come-lately who claim they alone have the key to man's salvation.
Middle English (also in the sense 'clemency, mildness'): from Old French pite 'compassion', from Latin pietas 'piety'; compare with piety.