Pronunciation: (pit'ē), [key]
—n., pl. pit•ies,
—v., pit•ied, pit•y•ing.
1. sympathetic or kindly sorrow evoked by the suffering, distress, or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy: to feel pity for astarving child.
2. a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret: What a pity you could not go!
3. have or take pity. to show mercy or compassion.
to feel pity or compassion for; be sorry for; commiserate with.
to have compassion; feel pity.
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