Piteous vs Pitying - What's the difference?

piteous | pitying |


As an adjective piteous

is pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.

As a verb pitying is

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As a noun pitying is

the act of one who pities.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

piteous

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The most piteous tale of Lear.
  • (obsolete) pious; devout
  • * Wyclif
  • The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation.
  • (obsolete) compassionate; tender
  • * Alexander Pope
  • [She was] piteous of his case.
  • (obsolete) paltry; mean; pitiful
  • (Milton)

    Synonyms

    * pathetic

    Derived terms

    * piteously

    pitying

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of one who pities.
  • * 1849 , Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow), A practical commentary upon the first Epistle of St. Peter (page 47)
  • Oh! the unspeakable privilege to have Him for our Father, who is the Father of mercies and compassions, and those not barren, fruitless pityings , for He is withal the God of all consolations.