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Definition of "pity" []

  • Sympathy and sorrow aroused by the misfortune or suffering of another. (noun)
  • A matter of regret: It's a pity she can't attend the reception. (noun)
  • To feel pity for. (verb-transitive)
  • To feel pity. (verb-intransitive)
  • Have To show compassion for. (idiom)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pity" in a sentence
  • "And those wretched remains of strength and youth, those bruised and battered men, looked with pity, yes, _with pity_, at our train."
  • "E. LYONS: Well, it's either a smile and have him -- or what I call a pity party all day long."
  • "The pity is they could not also see that the regime that was deposed was far from democratic, even though it had the support of most ethnic Fijians."