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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

The year 2100 will see eugenics universally established. In past ages, the law governing the survival of the fittest roughly weeded out the less desirable strains. Then man's new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. As a result, we continue to keep alive and to breed the unfit.
Nikola Tesla

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
Francis of Assisi

I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
Theodore Roosevelt

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.
Bertrand Russell
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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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