[ noun ] a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
"the blind are too often objects of pity"
Used in print(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)
He felt the sweetness of pity flood through him , veining his very flesh .
In the pity for them his loneliness was gone .
[ verb ] share the suffering of
Used in print(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)
`` Wherefore also He [ God ] drove him [ man ] out of Paradise , and removed him far from the tree of life , not because He envied him the tree of life , as some venture to assert , but because He pitied him , [ and did not desire ] that he should continue a sinner for ever , nor that the sin which surrounded him should be immortal , and evil interminable and irremediable .(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)
Resolved that his wrongs and bereavements in Kansas , occasioned by the violence and brutality of those who were intent_on the propagation of slavery in that territory , call_for a charitable judgment upon his recent efforts in Virginia to undermine the despotism from which he had suffered , and commend his family to the special sympathy and aid of all who pity suffering and reverence justice .
[ noun ] an unfortunate development
"it's a pity he couldn't do it"
Used in print(Dell Shannon, The Ace of Spades....)
Yes , well , it 's a pity to spoil your girlish figure - which all those kittens would do anyway - but I think when you 've raised these we 'll just have the vet fix it so there won n't be any more .