pit·y / ˈpitē/ • n. (pl. pit·ies) 1. the feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others: her voice was full of pity. 2. [in sing.] a cause for regret or disappointment: what a pity we can't be friends. • v. (pit·ies, pit·ied) [tr.] feel sorrow for the misfortunes of: Clare didn't know whether to envy or pity them| [as adj.] (pitying) he gave her a pitying look. PHRASES: for pity's sake inf. used to express impatience or make an urgent appeal. more's the pity inf. used to express regret about a fact that has just been stated. take (or have) pity show compassion: they took pity on him and gave him food.DERIVATIVES: pit·y·ing·ly adv.
Hence pity vb. XVI, pitiable XV, pitiful XIV, pitiless XV.