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[pit-ee-uh s] /ˈpɪt i əs/

evoking or deserving ; pathetic:
piteous cries for help.
Archaic. .
exciting or deserving pity
(archaic) having or expressing pity

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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