Doleful is a synonym of piteous.
As adjectives the difference between doleful and piteous
is that doleful
is filled with grief, mournful, bringing feelings of sadness while piteous
is pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
Filled with grief, mournful, bringing feelings of sadness.
- The doleful peal of the bell indicated another funeral was being held.
pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
(obsolete) pious; devout
- The most piteous tale of Lear.
(obsolete) compassionate; tender
* Alexander Pope
- The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation.
(obsolete) paltry; mean; pitiful
- [She was] piteous of his case.