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pity

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To fill the hour—that is happiness.
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Etymology

From Anglo-Norman pité, pittee etc., from Old French pitet, pitié, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] pietās.

Pronunciation

Noun

pity (countable and uncountable but not used in the plural)

  1. (uncountable) A feeling of sympathy at the misfortune or suffering of someone or something.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, p. 5:
      The most usuall way to appease those minds we have offended [...] is, by submission to move them to commiseration and pitty.
  2. (countable but not used in the plural) Something regrettable.
    It's a pity you're feeling unwell because there's a party on tonight.
    'Tis Pity She's a Whore — title of novel by John Ford

Synonyms

  • (something regrettable): shame

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to pity

Third person singular
pit

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
i

to pity (third-person singular simple present pit, present participle i, simple past and past participle ed)
  1. (transitive) To feel pity for (someone or something).

Translations

Interjection

pity!

  1. Short form of what a pity.

Synonyms

Translations

See what a pity

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