Translation of "pity" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /ˈpɪt·i/ us /ˈpɪt̬·i/
it’s a pity

A2 used to say that something is disappointing

es una lástima
It’s a pity you’re not staying longer.

[ no plural ] a feeling of sadness for someone who has problems

She looked at me with pity in her eyes.
take pity on someone

to help someone who is in a difficult situation because you feel sad for them

apiadarse de alguien
I finally took pity on Ben and told him the truth.
verb uk /ˈpɪt·i/ us /ˈpɪt̬·i/ present participle pitying, past tense and past participle pitied

to feel sorry for someone

tener lástima de, compadecerse de
I pity her because she is lonely.

(Translation of “pity” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /ˈpiti/

a feeling of sorrow for the troubles and sufferings of others

pena, compasión
He felt a great pity for her.

a cause of sorrow or regret

pena, lástima
What a pity (that) she can’t come.
piteous /ˈpitiəs/ adjective


lastimero, lastimoso, patético
a piteous cry/sight.
piteously adverb

piteousness noun

condición lastimosa/patético
pitiable adjective


lamentable, penoso
He was in a pitiable condition
She made a pitiable attempt.
pitiably adverb

The beggar girl was pitiably thin.
pitiful adjective

very sad; causing pity

lamentable, deplorable
a pitiful sight.

very poor, bad etc; causing contempt

a pitiful attempt
a pitiful amount of money.
pitifully adverb

lamentablemente, deplorablemente
The dog was whining pitifully.
pitifulness noun

estado lamentable/deplorable
pitiless adjective

without pity

despiadado, implacable
pitiless cruelty.
pitilessly adverb

despiadadamente, implacablemente
pitilessness noun

pityingly adverb

in a way which shows that one feels pity for someone

con lástima, compasivamente
He looked at her pityingly.
have pity on

to feel pity for (someone because of something)

tener pena de
Have pity on the old man.
take pity on

to act kindly, or relent, towards (someone), from a feeling of pity

apiadarse/compadecerse (de alguien)
He took pity on the hungry children and gave them food.

(Translation of “pity” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)