As nouns the difference between pity and idiot
is that pity
is a feeling of sympathy at the misfortune or suffering of someone or something while idiot
is a person of low general intelligence.
As a verb pity
is to feel pity for (someone or something).
As an interjection pity
is short form of what a pity.
* pitty (obsolete)
(uncountable) A feeling of sympathy at the misfortune or suffering of someone or something.
* Bible, Proverbs xix. 17
- He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.
*, Folio Society, 2006, p.5:
- Hehas no more pity in him than a dog.
(countable) Something regrettable.
- The most usuall way to appease those minds we have offendedis, by submission to move them to commiseration and pitty .
* Laurence Sterne
- It's a pity you're feeling unwell because there's a party on tonight.
- It was a thousand pities .
- What pity is it / That we can die but once to serve our country!
* (mercy) ruth
* (something regrettable) shame
To feel pity for (someone or something).
* Bible, Psalms ciii. 13
* 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , IV.11:
- Like as a father pitieth' his children, so the Lord ' pitieth them that fear him.
* Book of Common Prayer
- She lenger yet is like captiv'd to bee; / That even to thinke thereof it inly pitties mee.
- It pitieth them to see her in the dust.
Short form of what a pity.
* shame, what a pity, what a shame
* what a pity
* idjit, idget (eye dialect)
(pejorative) A person of low general intelligence.
(obsolete, medicine, psychology) A person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old.
- usage note This may be used pejoratively, as an insult. It is a weak insult, however, and between close friends, family members, or lovers, is often completely nonaggressive.
* See also