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From Middle English piteuously, pitously; equivalent to piteous +‎ -ly.


piteously (comparative more piteously, superlative most piteously)

  1. In a piteous manner; pathetically; plaintively.
    • 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka (republished by Eland, 2019; p. 194):
      Little Sea and Desire would wail piteously over my body for a day, and then I should be quickly forgotten.
    • 1956, Anthony Burgess, Time for a Tiger (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 132:
      Adam himself bewildered and Eveless outside the garden; a Minotaur howling piteously in a labyrinth of money-worries.