pities, pitying, pitied
1) N-UNCOUNT: oft N for n If you feel pity for someone, you feel very sorry for them.
See also self-pity

He felt a sudden tender pity for her...

She knew that she was an object of pity among her friends.

2) VERB If you pity someone, you feel very sorry for them.

[V n] I don't know whether to hate or pity him.

3) N-SING: a N, oft it v-link N that/to-inf (feelings) If you say that it is a pity that something is the case, you mean that you feel disappointment or regret about it.

It is a great pity that all pupils in the city cannot have the same chances...

Pity you haven't got your car, isn't it...

It seemed a pity to let it all go to waste.

4) N-UNCOUNT If someone shows pity, they do not harm or punish someone they have power over.

Non-communist forces have some pity towards people here...

She saw no pity in their faces.

5) PHR with cl (feelings) If you add more's the pity to a comment, you are expressing your disappointment or regret about something.

But my world isn't your world, more's the pity.

6) PHRASE: usu PHR with cl (emphasis) You can say for pity's sake to add emphasis to what you are saying, especially when you are annoyed or upset.

`Run, Katherine. For pity's sake run!' he screamed.

7) PHRASE: V inflects If you take pity on someone, you feel sorry for them and help them.

No woman had ever felt the need to take pity on him before.

8) PHRASE: V inflects (emphasis) If you say the pity is that, or the pity of it is that, before a comment, you are emphasizing your disappointment or regret about something.

The pity is that it was all completely unnecessary...

The pity of it was that the Americans didn't play cricket.

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