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  Dictionary Definition of pity

pity
noun ( plural pities )
1. sympathetic or kindly sorrow excited by the suffering or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy: to weep from pity, to take pity on a person.
2. a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret: What a pity you could not go!
-- verb ( pitied, pitying )
-- verb (t)
3. to feel pity or compassion for; be sorry for; commiserate.
-- verb (i)
4. Obsolete to feel pity.
-- phrase
5. the more's the pity, the greater is the reason for regret.
[ME pite, from OF, from L pietas piety]
-- pityingly, adverb -- pitiless, adjective