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Synonyms for pity
ˈpɪt ipity

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Wiktionary2.5 / 2 votes

  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 Antonyms4.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. pity

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

    Antonyms:
    cruelty, hardheartedness, relentlessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness

Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 1 vote

  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 Words0.0 / 0 votes

  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. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg:

    It is a pity the U.S. is not a part of it. When you are in a crisis, you manage it and you do it jointly with others, we've had several discussions with our American partners and I'm convinced the Americans will eventually commit to this dynamic because it's the way forward for the world.

  2. Jack Schneider:

    I pity the guy, this guy has been bombarded… under all this pressure.

  3. Søren Kierkegaard:

    I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius.

  4. John W. Gardner:

    Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.

  5. Wildo Araujo:

    I have the utmost respect for the armed forces, but I pity those entering now because they have no idea what to do, they don't know how to deal with the Brazilian public health system.


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