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English definition of “piteous”

piteous

adjective uk   /ˈpɪt.i.əs/ us    /ˈpɪt̬-/
causing you to feel sadness and sympathy: The kitten gave a piteous cry.Sympathy and compassion
piteously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
She wept piteously.Sympathy and compassion
piteousness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Sympathy and compassion
(Definition of piteous from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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