piteous definition

  • adjective:
    • Demanding or arousing pity: a piteous appeal for help. See Synonyms at pathetic.
    • Archaic Pitying; compassionate.
    • pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
    • pious; devout
    • compassionate; tender
    • paltry; mean; pitiful
    • Pious; devout.
    • Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate; tender.
    • suited to stimulate shame or sympathy; wretched; unhappy; lamentable; unfortunate.
    • Paltry; mean; pitiful.
    • deserving or inciting shame
  • others:
    • high in shame or compassion; compassionate; suffering from shame.
    • like to stimulate shame or proceed to compassion; influencing; lamentable; sorrowful; mournful; unfortunate: since, a piteous look; a piteous instance.
    • Pitiful; paltry; bad: as, piteous amends. Milton.

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