pity

pity
pit|y1 S3 [ˈpıti] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: pité, from Latin pietas 'piety, pity', from pius; PIOUS]
1.) a pity
spoken used to show that you are disappointed about something and you wish things could happen differently
= ↑shame (it's a) pity (that)
It's a pity that he didn't accept the job.
It's a great pity Joyce wasn't invited.
I like Charlie. Pity he had to marry that awful woman.
A pity we can't find the guy who did it.
what/that's a pity
'Are you married?' 'No.' 'What a pity.'
it's a pity to do sth
It would be a pity to give up now - you've nearly finished.
2.) [U]
sympathy for a person or animal who is suffering or unhappy
→↑piteous, pitiable ↑pitiable, pitiful ↑pitiful, pitiless ↑pitiless pity for
He looked exhausted, but Marie felt no pity for him.
I listened to Jason's story with pity.
I hated the thought of being an object of pity (=someone who other people feel sorry for) .
take/have pity on sb
(=feel sorry for someone and treat them with sympathy)
He sounded so upset that Leah started to take pity on him.
3.) for pity's sake
BrE spoken used to show that you are very annoyed and impatient
For pity's sake just shut up and let me drive!
4.) more's the pity
spoken especially BrE used after describing a situation, to show that you wish it was not true
Sue's not coming, more's the pity.
pity 2
pity2 past tense and past participle pitied present participle pitying third person singular pities
v [T not usually in progressive]
to feel sorry for someone because they are in a very bad situation
I pity anyone who has to feed a family on such a low income.
Sam pitied his grandmother there alone, never going out.
Pity the poor teachers who have to deal with these kids.

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  • Pity — Pit y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pitied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pitying}.] 1. To feel pity or compassion for; to have sympathy with; to compassionate; to commiserate; to have tender feelings toward (any one), awakened by a knowledge of suffering. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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