Piteous Pit"e*ous, a. [OE. pitous, OF. pitos, F. piteux. See {Pity}.] 1. Pious; devout. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation. --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]

2. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate; tender. ``[She] piteous of his case.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

She was so charitable and so pitous. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable; lamentable; sad; as, a piteous case. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The most piteous tale of Lear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Paltry; mean; pitiful. ``Piteous amends.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Sorrowful; mournful; affecting; doleful; woeful; rueful; sad; wretched; miserable; pitiable; pitiful; compassionate. [1913 Webster] -- {Pit"e*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Pit"e*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • piteous — [adj] miserable, pathetic beseeching, commiserable, deplorable, distressing, doleful, dolorous, entreating, grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending, imploring, lamentable, melancholy, mournful, moving, pitiable, pitiful, plaintive, poignant, poor,… …   New thesaurus

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