'pɪtɪəsnɪs n. pitifulness, wretchedness; miserableness, state of deserving compassion or mercy

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  • piteousness — piteous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ deserving or arousing pity. DERIVATIVES piteously adverb piteousness noun. ORIGIN Old French piteus, from Latin pietas dutifulness …   English terms dictionary

  • Piteousness — Piteous Pit e*ous, a. [OE. pitous, OF. pitos, F. piteux. See {Pity}.] 1. Pious; devout. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation. Wyclif. [1913 Webster] 2. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piteousness — noun see piteous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • piteousness — pit·e·ous·ness …   English syllables

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  • piteous — adjective Date: 14th century of a kind to move to pity or compassion • piteously adverb • piteousness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • piteous — piteously, adv. piteousness, n. /pit ee euhs/, adj. 1. evoking or deserving pity; pathetic: piteous cries for help. 2. Archaic. compassionate. [1250 1300; ME; r. pitous < OF < ML pietosus. See PITY, OUS] Syn. 1. affecting, moving, distressing,… …   Universalium

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