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pity (n.)

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.

pity (v.)

"to feel pity for," late 15c., from Old French pitier and from pity (n.). Related: Pitied; pitying.

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Definitions of pity from WordNet
1
pity (n.)
a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others;
the blind are too often objects of pity
Synonyms: commiseration / ruth / pathos
pity (n.)
an unfortunate development;
it's a pity he couldn't do it
Synonyms: shame
pity (n.)
the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it;
Synonyms: compassion
2
pity (v.)
share the suffering of;
Synonyms: feel for / compassionate / condole with / sympathize with
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