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Definition of Pity


  1. Piety.
  2. A feeling for the sufferings or distresses of another or others; sympathy with the grief or misery of another; compassion; fellow-feeling; commiseration.
  3. A reason or cause of pity, grief, or regret; a thing to be regretted.
  4. 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.
  5. To move to pity; -- used impersonally.
  6. To be compassionate; to show pity.

Pity Quotations

Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.
Nelson Mandela

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.
W. E. B. Du Bois

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Don Marquis

It is a pity that my collection of trophies contains not a single Russian.
Manfred von Richthofen

A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
Arthur Helps
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Pity Translations

pity in Danish is ynke, medlidenhed
pity in Dutch is schade, iets betreurenswaardigs
pity in French is compatir, tant pis, compassion, plaindre
pity in German is bemitleiden, Mitleid, Mitleit
pity in Italian is peccato, compassione, compianto
pity in Latin is misericordia
pity in Portuguese is piedade
pity in Spanish is condolencia, lastimar, lamentar, piedad
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