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definition of the word pity

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From Anglo-Norman pité, pittee etc., from Old French pitet, pitié, from Latin pietās.

pity (countable and uncountable but not used in the plural)

  1. (uncountable) A feeling of sympathy at the misfortune or suffering of someone or something.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, p. 5:
      The most usuall way to appease those minds we have offended [...] is, by submission to move them to commiseration and pitty.
  2. (countable but not used in the plural) Something regrettable.
    It's a pity you're feeling unwell because there's a party on tonight.
    'Tis Pity She's a Whore — title of novel by John Ford

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