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English noun: pity

1. pity (feeling) a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others

SamplesThe blind are too often objects of pity.

Synonymscommiseration, pathos, ruth

Broader (hypernym)fellow feeling, sympathy

2. pity (event) an unfortunate development

SamplesIt's a pity he couldn't do it.


Broader (hypernym)bad luck, misfortune

3. pity (attribute) the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it


Broader (hypernym)mercifulness, mercy

English verb: pity

1. pity (emotion) share the suffering of

ExamplesSam cannot pity Sue

Synonymscompassionate, condole with, feel for, sympathize with

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)grieve, sorrow

Narrower (hyponym)care, commiserate, sympathise, sympathize

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