2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Piteous \Pit"e*ous\, adjective [OE. pitous, OF. pitos, F. piteux. See {Pity}.]

1. Pious; devout. [Obs.]

The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation. --Wyclif.

2. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate; tender. "[She] piteous of his case." --Pope.

She was so charitable and so pitous. --Chaucer.

3. Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable; lamentable; sad; as, a piteous case. --Spenser.

The most piteous tale of Lear. --Shak.

4. Paltry; mean; pitiful. "Piteous amends." --Milton.

Syn: Sorrowful; mournful; affecting; doleful; woeful; rueful; sad; wretched; miserable; pitiable; pitiful; compassionate. -- {Pit"e*ous*ly}, adverb -- {Pit"e*ous*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life" [syn: {hapless}, {miserable}, {misfortunate}, {pathetic}, {piteous}, {pitiable}, {pitiful}, {poor}, {wretched}]

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