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English Dictionary: piteous by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
piteous
adj
  1. deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
    Synonym(s): hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Piteous \Pit"e*ous\, a. [OE. pitous, OF. pitos, F. piteux. See
      {Pity}.]
      1. Pious; devout. [Obs.]
  
                     The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation.
                                                                              --Wyclif.
  
      2. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate;
            tender. [bd][She] piteous of his case.[b8] --Pope.
  
                     She was so charitable and so pitous.   --Chaucer.
  
      3. Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable;
            lamentable; sad; as, a piteous case.            --Spenser.
  
                     The most piteous tale of Lear.            --Shak.
  
      4. Paltry; mean; pitiful. [bd]Piteous amends.[b8] --Milton.
  
      Syn: Sorrowful; mournful; affecting; doleful; woeful; rueful;
               sad; wretched; miserable; pitiable; pitiful;
               compassionate. -- {Pit"e*ous*ly}, adv. --
               {Pit"e*ous*ness}, n.
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