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Middle English pite, from Anglo-French pité, from Latin pietat-, pietas piety, pity, from pius pious
- Date: 13th century
- 1 a : sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed, or unhappy
- 2 : something to be regretted <it's a pity you can't go>
compassion, commiseration, condolence, sympathy mean the act or capacity for sharing the painful feelings of another. pity implies tender or sometimes slightly contemptuous sorrow for one in misery or distress <felt pity for the captives>.