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pity
American English: /ˈpɪdi/
British English: /ˈpɪti/

Translation of pity in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 (no plural) (cause of regret) it's a pity (that)
    es una lástima or una pena que followed by subjunctive
    it's a pity you can't go
    es una lástima or una pena que no puedas ir
    what a pity you missed it!
    ¡qué lástima or qué pena que te lo perdieras!
    more's the pity
    es una lástima or una pena
    it's a thousand pities he isn't here to see it
    ¡qué pena tan grande que él no esté aquí para verlo!
    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.
  • 2 uncountable (compassion) he showed no pity
    se mostró implacable
    I don't want your pity
    no quiero tu compasión or que me compadezcas
    to take pity on somebody/something
    apiadarse or compadecerse de alguien/algo
    to have pity on somebody
    tener piedad or compasión de alguien
    I felt pity for the poor creature
    me dio lástima (de) la pobre criatura
    for pity's sake!
    ¡por (el) amor de Dios!
    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.

transitive verb pities, pitying, pitied

  • tenerle lástima a
    compadecer
    I pity the poor thing
    le tengo lástima or la compadezco a la pobre
    la pobre me da lástima
    I think she pitied him more than she loved him
    creo que más que quererlo le tenía lástima
    I pity you if he finds out you've broken it
    pobre de ti como descubra que lo has roto
    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.
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