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Meaning of PITEOUS

Pronunciation:  'piteeus

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  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"; "couldn't rescue the poor fellow"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"

PITEOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, pitiable, pitiful, poor, unfortunate, wretched



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pit"e*ous\, a. [OE. pitous, OF. pitos, F. piteux. See
1. Pious; devout. [Obs.]

         The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation.

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}, adv. --
     {Pit"e*ous*ness}, n.

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