pity (v.) Look up pity at Dictionary.com
"to feel pity for," late 15c., from Old French pitier and from pity (n.). Related: Pitied; pitying.
pity (n.) Look up pity at Dictionary.com
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.