Piteous



[pit-ee-uh s] /ˈpɪt i əs/

adjective
1.
evoking or deserving ; pathetic:
piteous cries for help.
2.
Archaic. .
/ˈpɪtɪəs/
adjective
1.
exciting or deserving pity
2.
(archaic) having or expressing pity
adj.

c.1300, from Anglo-French pitous, Old French pitos “pious; merciful, compassionate, moved to pity; pitiful” (12c., Modern French piteux), from Medieval Latin pietosus “merciful, pitiful,” in Vulgar Latin “dutiful,” from Latin pietas “dutiful conduct, compassion” (see piety). Related: Piteously; piteousness.

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