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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

Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Such is the human race, often it seems a pity that Noah... didn't miss the boat.
Mark Twain

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

Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
Mark Twain

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
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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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