piteous

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Middle English pitous, from Old French piteus, pitus,

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piteous (comparative more piteous, superlative most piteous)

  1. pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
    • Shakespeare
      The most piteous tale of Lear.
  2. (obsolete) pious; devout
    • Wyclif
      The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation.
  3. (obsolete) compassionate; tender
    • Alexander Pope
      [She was] piteous of his case.
  4. (obsolete) paltry; mean; pitiful
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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