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Definition of pity:

  1. A feeling for the sufferings or distresses of another or others; sympathy with the grief or misery of another; compassion; fellow- feeling; commiseration.
  2. A reason or cause of pity, grief, or regret; a thing to be regretted.
  3. Piety.
  4. To be compassionate; to show pity.
  5. 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.
  6. To move to pity; - used impersonally.


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Usage examples:

  • That would be a pity indeed."

    - "Madame Roland, Makers of History", John S. C. Abbott.
  • She said it seemed a pity.

    - "Joe Wilson and His Mates", Henry Lawson.
  • But, woman, haven't you any pity?

    - "The Social Cancer A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere", José Rizal.