Meaning of pity

pit•y

Pronunciation: (pit'ē), [key]
— n., pl. v., pit•ies, pit•ied, pit•y•ing.
—n.
  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. to show mercy or compassion.
—v.t.
  1. to feel pity or compassion for; be sorry for; commiserate with.
—v.i.
  1. to have compassion; feel pity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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