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PITY (pitied)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pity mean? 

PITY (noun)
  The noun PITY has 3 senses:

1. a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
2. an unfortunate development
3. the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it

  Familiarity information: PITY used as a noun is uncommon.


PITY (verb)
  The verb PITY has 1 sense:

1. share the suffering of

  Familiarity information: PITY used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PITY (noun)


Sense 1pity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

pity; commiseration; pathos; ruth

Context example:

the blind are too often objects of pity

Hypernyms ("pity" is a kind of...):

fellow feeling; sympathy (sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish))


Sense 2pity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unfortunate development

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

pity; shame

Context example:

it's a pity he couldn't do it

Hypernyms ("pity" is a kind of...):

bad luck; misfortune (unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event)


Sense 3pity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

compassion; pity

Hypernyms ("pity" is a kind of...):

mercifulness; mercy (a disposition to be kind and forgiving)


PITY (verb)


Sense 1pity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Share the suffering of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

compassionate; condole with; feel for; pity; sympathize with

Hypernyms (to "pity" is one way to...):

grieve; sorrow (feel grief; eat one's heart out)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pity"):

commiserate; sympathise; sympathize (to feel or express sympathy or compassion)

care (feel concern or interest)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot pity Sue


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