Crossword clues for pity
- It may be "aw"-inspiring
- Regrettable situation
- "What a ___!" ("Too bad!")
- An unfortunate development
- The humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
- A feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
- "Town Without ___," 1961 film
- "For ___ runneth soon in gentle hearts": Chaucer
- "And never a saint took ___ . . . "
- "___ ever healeth envy": F. Bacon
- Sympathetic sorrow
- Feeling for the unfortunate
- Feel sorry for
- Terrible shame
- "What a shame"
- Wistful comment, after "a"
- Bleed for
- "A woman's ___ often opens the door to love": Henry Ward Beecher
- Unfortunate development
- "___ makes suffering contagious": Nietzsche
- Opposite of schadenfreude
- "The scavenger of misery," per Shaw
- Unfortunate circumstance
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pity \Pit"y\, n.; pl. Pities. [OE. pite, OF. pit['e], piti['e], F. piti['e], L. pietas piety, kindness, pity. See Pious, and cf. Piety.]
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.
A reason or cause of pity, grief, or regret; a thing to be regretted. ``The more the pity.''
What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country!
Note: 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.
Pity \Pit"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pitied; p. pr. & vb. n. Pitying.]
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.
To move to pity; -- used impersonally. [Obs.]
It pitieth them to see her in the dust.
--Bk. of Com. Prayer.
Pity \Pit"y\, v. i. To be compassionate; to show pity.
I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy.
--Jer. xiii. 14.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 13c., from Old French pite, pitet "pity, mercy, compassion, care, tenderness; pitiful state, wretched condition" (11c., Modern French pitié), from Latin pietatem (nominative pietas) "piety, loyalty, duty" (see piety). Replaced Old English mildheortness, literally "mild-heartness," itself a loan-translation of Latin misericordia. English pity and piety were not fully distinguished until 17c. Transferred sense of "grounds or cause for pity" is from late 14c.
"to feel pity for," late 15c., from Old French pitier and from pity (n.). Related: Pitied; pitying.
interj. Short form of what a pity. n. 1 (context uncountable English) A feeling of sympathy at the misfortune or suffering of someone or something. 2 (context countable English) Something regrettable. 3 (context obsolete English) piety vb. 1 (context transitive English) To feel pity for (someone or something). (from 15th c.) 2 (context transitive now regional English) To make (someone) feel pity; to provoke the sympathy or compassion of. (from 16th c.)
an unfortunate development; "it's a pity he couldn't do it" [syn: shame]
the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it [syn: compassion]
Pity (c. 1795) is a colour print on paper, finished in ink and watercolour, by the English artist and poet William Blake, one of the group known as the "Large Colour Prints". Along with his other works of this period, it was influenced by the Bible, Milton, and Shakespeare. The work is unusual, as it is a literal illustration of a double simile from Macbeth, found in the lines:And pity, like a naked new-born babe, Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubim, hors'd Upon the sightless couriers of the air. - Macbeth (1.7.21–23)
Like other members of the group it is a monotype produced by printing from a matrix consisting of paint on gessoed millboard, with each impression then finished by hand. By this unusual means Blake could obtain up to three impressions from a single painting. Three such impressions survive of Pity. A fourth, in the British Museum, was an early trial of the design from a different matrix, as it is smaller than the others.
Usage examples of "pity".
I enjoy the expectation with which the top is wrenched off the can of worms as if from some amazing birthday present, and then the sense of anticlimax in the watching faces: the forced tears and skimpy, gloating pity, the cued and dutiful applause.
SPIRIT OF THE PITIES But O, the intolerable antilogy Of making figments feel!
May not the type be beloved for the sake of its Antitype, even if the very name of All-Father is no guarantee for His paternal pity!
But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, when adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism.
I got away, was passed in pity from one hand to the next, until at last I arrived here.
Actionists, beatniks, hippies and serial killers were all pure libertarians who affirmed the rights of the individual against social norms and against what they believed to be the hypocrisy of morality, sentiment, justice and pity.
Without uttering a complaint, he calmly followed the executioner, pitying his unhappy mistress, and bestowing comfort on his afflicted friends.
And Brat too, at the other end of the table, was watching Simon, but without pity.
Then Psyches fell flat on the ground, and as long as she could see her husband she cast her eyes after him into the aire, weeping and lamenting pitteously : but when hee was gone out of her sight shee threw her selfe into the next running river, for the great anguish and dolour that shee was in for the lack of her husband , howbeit the water would not suffer her to be drowned, but tooke pity upon her, in the honour of Cupid which accustomed to broyle and burne the river, and threw her upon the bank amongst the herbs.
The pity was that Ferrers was intolerant of the things he hated, while Buller was intolerant of the things he admired.
The colonel expressed his pity for me, and assured me that my arms should be restored to me, and my liberty too, in the course of the day.
They continued to meet almost daily from that point on, and sometimes Macro invited Cato to join them, mainly from a sense of pity for the lad, who had only recently seen his first love murdered at the hands of a treacherous Roman aristocrat.
He declared indeed that his love for her was not an absorbing passion like his first, but a mingling of pity, admiration, and that tenderness which his warm heart was ever ready to bestow.
A woman mismated as that poor young woman has been is so much to be pitied that a man dragged into her society as Kenneth Oswald was would slide into a warmer feeling without being conscious of it.
Yet there is pity, too, excited by the spectacle of the little cripple sawing away, his face proud and sombre despite its monkeyish shape and the mass of crinkly hair working loose over his wrinkled brow.