pity

01. The child felt [pity] for the mouse he had caught, and let it go.
02. Even though he killed someone, I can't help feeling [pity] for him, knowing that he was severely abused by his parents as a child.
03. It was a [pity] that we didn't take our bathing suits because there was a lake nearby where we could have gone swimming.
04. The police showed no [pity] for the children they caught stealing, and took them off to the station.
05. The young man gave his girlfriend a [pitying] look when she started crying after he told her he wanted to break up.
06. The street children in the big cities there were the most [pitiful] sight I had ever seen.
07. Greg is a [pitiful] tennis player, but he certainly tries hard.
08. Salaries in the tourist industry are [pitiful], and on top of all that, most of the jobs are only part-time.
09. Robert Heinlein once noted that natural laws have no [pity].
10. Funding for the arts in this country is [pitifully] inadequate.
11. The cat that we found was [pitifully] thin and sick, but after a month of good food, it was fine.
12. The enemy was [pitiless], and immediately executed any prisoners that were seriously wounded.
13. Bertrand Russell once said, "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable [pity] for the suffering of mankind."
14. There is a Yiddish proverb which states that a snake deserves no [pity].
15. Heroditus once remarked that it is a much better thing to be envied than to be [pitied].
16. In Burma, to be without children is considered [pitiable].
17. Jacob Braude once joked, "[Pity] your boss. The poor guy has to get up early to see who comes in late."

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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  • Pity — implies tender or sometimes slightly contemptuous sorrow for one in misery or distress. By the nineteenth century, two different kinds of pity had come to be distinguished, which we might call benevolent pity and contemptuous pity (see Kimball).… …   Wikipedia

  • pity — [pit′ē] n. pl. pities [ME pite < OFr pitet < L pietas: see PIETY] 1. sorrow felt for another s suffering or misfortune; compassion; sympathy 2. the ability to feel such compassion 3. a cause for sorrow or regret vt., vi. pitied, pitying [ …   English World dictionary

  • Pity — Pit y, n.; pl. {Pities}. [OE. pite, OF. pit[ e], piti[ e], F. piti[ e], L. pietas piety, kindness, pity. See {Pious}, and cf. {Piety}.] 1. Piety. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] 2. A feeling for the sufferings or distresses of another or others;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pity — ► NOUN (pl. pities) 1) a feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the sufferings of others. 2) a cause for regret or disappointment. ► VERB (pities, pitied) ▪ feel pity for. ● for pity s sake …   English terms dictionary

  • pity — (n.) early 13c., from O.Fr. pite, pitet (11c., Mod.Fr. pitié), from L. pietatem (nom. pietas) piety, affection, duty, in L.L. gentleness, kindness, pity, from pius (see PIOUS (Cf. pious)). Replaced O.E. mildheortness, lit. mild heartness, itself… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pity — [n1] feeling of mercy toward another benevolence, charity, clemency, comfort, commiseration, compassion, compunction, condolement, condolence, dejection, distress, empathy, favor, forbearance, goodness, grace, humanity, kindliness, kindness,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • Pity — Pit y, v. i. To be compassionate; to show pity. [1913 Webster] I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy. Jer. xiii. 14. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pity — pity·ing; pity; pity·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • pity — The type Pity we can t get this to work is an acceptable conversational shortening of It is a pity that… …   Modern English usage

  • Pity — (Pitje), holländische Benennung der japanischen u. chinesischen Scheidemünze, deren man sonst auf Java 50 auf den Stüber rechnete …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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