Definition of piteous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

piteous

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈpɪtiəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtiəs//
 
[usually before noun](literary)
 
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deserving pity or causing you to feel pity synonym pathetic a piteous cry/sightWord Familypity noun verbpitiful adjectivepitiless adjectivepitiable adjectivepiteous adjective Word Origin Middle English: from Old French piteus, from Latin pietas ‘piety, pity’, from pius ‘dutiful, pious’.
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