Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: pité, from Latin pietas 'piety, pity', from pius; PIOUS


1 noun
pit‧y1 S3

a pity

spoken used to show that you are disappointed about something and you wish things could happen differently [= shame]
(it's a) pity (that)
It's a pity that he didn't accept the job.
It's a great pity Joyce wasn't invited.
I like Charlie. Pity he had to marry that awful woman.
A pity we can't find the guy who did it.
what/that's a pity
'Are you married?' 'No.' 'What a pity.'
it's a pity to do something
It would be a pity to give up now - you've nearly finished.
2 [uncountable] sympathy for a person or animal who is suffering or unhappy [↪ piteous, pitiable, pitiful, pitiless]
pity for
He looked exhausted, but Marie felt no pity for him.
I listened to Jason's story with pity.
I hated the thought of being an object of pity (=someone who other people feel sorry for).
take/have pity on somebody (=feel sorry for someone and treat them with sympathy)
He sounded so upset that Leah started to take pity on him.

for pity's sake

British English spoken used to show that you are very annoyed and impatient:
For pity's sake just shut up and let me drive!

more's the pity

spoken especially British English used after describing a situation, to show that you wish it was not true:
Sue's not coming, more's the pity.

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