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PITY, n. [The Latin,Italian, Spanish and Portuguese languages unite pity and piety in the same word, and the word may be from the root of compassion; L. patior, to suffer.]

1. The feeling or suffering of one person, excited by the distresses of another; sympathy with the grief or misery of another; compassion or fellow-suffering.

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth to the Lord. Prov.19.

In Scripture however, the word pity usually includes

compassion accompanied with some act of charity or benevolence, and not simply a fellow feeling of distress.

Pity is always painful, yet always agreeable.

2. The ground or subject of pity; cause of grief; thing to be regretted.

What pity is it

That we can die but once to serve our country!

That he is old, the more is the pity, his white hairs do witness it.

In this sense, the word has a plural. It is a thousand pities he should waste his estate in prodigality.



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PITY, n. [The Latin,Italian, Spanish and Portuguese languages unite pity and piety in the same word, and the word may be from the root of compassion; L. patior, to suffer.]

1. The feeling or suffering of one person, excited by the distresses of another; sympathy with the grief or misery of another; compassion or fellow-suffering.

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth to the Lord. Prov.19.

In Scripture however, the word pity usually includes

compassion accompanied with some act of charity or benevolence, and not simply a fellow feeling of distress.

Pity is always painful, yet always agreeable.

2. The ground or subject of pity; cause of grief; thing to be regretted.

What pity is it

That we can die but once to serve our country!

That he is old, the more is the pity, his white hairs do witness it.

In this sense, the word has a plural. It is a thousand pities he should waste his estate in prodigality.

PIT'Y, n. [Fr. pitié; It. pietà, pity and piety; Sp. pietad, pity and piety; Port. piedade, id. The Latin, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese languages unite pity and piety in the same word, and the word may be from the root of compassion; L. patior, to suffer; It. compatire, Sp. and Port. compadecerse, to pity.]

  1. The feeling or suffering of one person, excited by the distresses of another; sympathy with the grief or misery of another; compassion or fellow-suffering. He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth to the Lord. – Prov. xix. In Scripture, however, the word pity usually includes compassion accompanied with some act of charity or benevolence, and not simply a fellow feeling of distress. Pity is always painful, yet always agreeable. – Kames.
  2. The ground or subject of pity; cause of grief; thing to be regretted. What pity is it / That we can die but once to serve our country! – Addison. That he is old, the more is the pity, his white hairs do witness it. – Shak. In this sense the word has a plural. It is a thousand pities he should waste his estate in prodigality.

PIT'Y, v.i.

To be compassionate; to exercise pity. I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy. – Jer. xiii. [But this may be considered as an elliptical phrase.]


PIT'Y, v.t. [Fr. pitoyer.]

To feel pain or grief for one in distress; to have sympathy for; to compassionate; to have tender feelings for one, excited by his unhappiness. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. – Ps. ciii. Taught by that power who pities me, / I learn to pity them. – Goldsmith.


Pit"y
  1. Piety.

    [Obs.] Wyclif.
  2. 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.

    Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Ps. ciii. 13.

  3. To be compassionate; to show pity.

    I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy. Jer. xiii. 14.

  4. A feeling for the sufferings or distresses of another or others; sympathy with the grief or misery of another; compassion; fellow-feeling; commiseration.

    He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord. Prov. xix. 17.

    He . . . has no more pity in him than a dog. Shak.

  5. To move to pity; -- used impersonally.

    [Obs.]

    It pitieth them to see her in the dust. Bk. of Com. Prayer.

  6. A reason or cause of pity, grief, or regret; a thing to be regretted.

    "The more the pity." Shak.

    What pity is it
    That we can die but once to serve our country!
    Addison.

    * In this sense, sometimes used in the plural, especially in the colloquialism: "It is a thousand pities."

    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.

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Pity

PITY, noun [The Latin, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese languages unite pity and piety in the same word, and the word may be from the root of compassion; Latin patior, to suffer.]

1. The feeling or suffering of one person, excited by the distresses of another; sympathy with the grief or misery of another; compassion or fellow-suffering.

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth to the Lord. Proverbs 19:17.

In Scripture however, the word pity usually includes

compassion accompanied with some act of charity or benevolence, and not simply a fellow feeling of distress.

PITY is always painful, yet always agreeable.

2. The ground or subject of pity; cause of grief; thing to be regretted.

What pity is it

That we can die but once to serve our country!

That he is old, the more is the pity his white hairs do witness it.

In this sense, the word has a plural. It is a thousand pities he should waste his estate in prodigality.

PIT'Y, verb transitive To feel pain or grief for one in distress; to have sympathy for; to compassionate; to have tender feelings for one, excited by his unhappiness.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Psalms 103:1.

Taught by that power who pities me,

I learn to pity them.

PIT'Y, verb intransitive To be compassionate; to exercise pity

I will not pity nor spare, nor have mercy. Jeremiah 13:14.

[But this may be considered as an elliptical phrase.]

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