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Synonyms for pity
ˈpɪt ipity

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Wiktionary

  1. pityinterjection

    Synonyms:
    what a shame, shame, what a pity

  2. pitynoun

    Short form of what a pity.

    Synonyms:
    what a pity, shame, what a shame

  3. pitynoun

    (countable but not used in the plural) Something regrettable.

    Synonyms:
    shame

  4. pitynoun

    Synonyms:
    ruth

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pity

    Pity is a feeling of grief or pain aroused by the weakness, misfortunes, or distresses of others, joined with a desire to help or relieve. Sympathy (feeling or suffering with) implies some degree of equality, kindred, or union; pity is for what is weak or unfortunate, and so far, at least, inferior to ourselves; hence, pity is often resented where sympathy would be welcome. We have sympathy with one in joy or grief, in pleasure or pain, pity only for those in suffering or need; we may have sympathy with the struggles of a giant or the triumphs of a conqueror; we are moved with pity for the captive or the slave. Pity may be only in the mind, but mercy does something for those who are its objects. Compassion, like pity, is exercised only with respect to the suffering or unfortunate, but combines with the tenderness of pity the dignity of sympathy and the active quality of mercy. Commiseration is as tender as compassion, but more remote and hopeless; we have commiseration for sufferers whom we can not reach or can not relieve. Condolence is the expression of sympathy. Compare MERCY.

    Synonyms:
    commiseration, compassion, condolence, mercy, sympathy, tenderness

    Antonyms:
    barbarity, brutality, cruelty, ferocity, hard-heartedness, hardness, harshness, inhumanity, mercilessness, pitilessness, rigor, ruthlessness, severity, sternness, truculence

    Preposition:
    >Pity on or upon that which we help or spare; pity for that which we merely contemplate; "have pity upon me, O ye my friends," Job xix, 21; "pity for a horse o'erdriven," Tennyson In Memoriam lxii, st. 1.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pity

    Synonyms:
    mercy, compassion, tenderness, commiseration, ruth, sympathy, condolence

    Antonyms:
    cruelty, hardheartedness, relentlessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. commiseration, pity, ruth, pathosnoun

    a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others

    "the blind are too often objects of pity"

    Synonyms:
    compassion, poignancy, ruth, commiseration, pathos, shame, condolence

  2. pity, shamenoun

    an unfortunate development

    "it's a pity he couldn't do it"

    Synonyms:
    disgrace, ignominy, ruth, commiseration, pathos, shame, compassion

  3. compassion, pityverb

    the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it

    Synonyms:
    shame, commiseration, pathos, compassionateness, compassion, ruth

  4. feel for, pity, compassionate, condole with, sympathize withverb

    share the suffering of

    Synonyms:
    condole with, feel for, compassionate, sympathize with

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pitynoun

    Synonyms:
    compassion, mercy, ruth, commiseration, condolence, sympathy

  2. pityverb

    Synonyms:
    have pity for, condole with, commiserate

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How to use pity in a sentence?

  1. William Faulkner:

    I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal simply because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poets, the writers, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poets voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.

  2. Speaker Eduardo Cunha:

    God have pity on this nation.

  3. Richard Willard Armour:

    Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's best.

  4. Margot Asquith:

    What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.

  5. Robert Cormier, We All Fall Down:

    As pity moved into that hole inside her, she discovered how distant pity was from hate, how very far it was from love.


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