Plaintive is a synonym of piteous.
As adjectives the difference between plaintive and piteous
is that plaintive
is sounding sorrowful, mournful or melancholic while piteous
is pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
Sounding sorrowful, mournful or melancholic.
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.