from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Demanding or arousing pity: a piteous appeal for help. See Synonyms at pathetic.
- adj. Archaic Pitying; compassionate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
- adj. pious; devout
- adj. compassionate; tender
- adj. paltry; mean; pitiful
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pious; devout.
- adj. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate; tender.
- adj. Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable; lamentable; sad.
- adj. Paltry; mean; pitiful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of pity or compassion; compassionate; affected by pity.
- Such as to excite pity or move to compassion; affecting; lamentable; sorrowful; mournful; sad: as, a piteous look; a piteous case.
- Pitiful; paltry; poor: as, piteous amends. Milton.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deserving or inciting pity
“O my lady, I am a banisht wight and with passion for a beloved one in piteous plight, nor with other will I consent to love-delight.”
It does not become the young man of the period to imitate too closely his ancestral Father Adam, and cry out in piteous tones: --
He fell, calling in piteous tones to a padre who was in the coach, entreating him to stop and confess him, and groaning out a farewell to his friend the driver.
How piteous is the case of mankind, which thus seems to be in a combination against itself, and its own rights and liberties, which could not be ruined but by its own strength!
Multitudes perish by famine, a very sore judgment, and piteous is the case of those that fall under it.
That which makes his case the more piteous is that he is not himself aware of his misery and danger; he goes blindfold, nay, he goes laughing to his ruin.
I think there is a better word than 'piteous' -- yes, Clement had just told it me.
Isidore recalled the piteous words uttered by Marguerite as she dropped the letter, and the truth flashed across his mind at once.
To this day I recall the piteous expressions of two or three of these wounded horses, as they raised their heads in their suffering and looked at us as we passed between them.
Such it appears, at least, from the Place Saint André des Arts. Symbolically it might be called a piteous appeal, always rejected by souls hardened and hammered by vice, of that anvil which was only an optical illusion, and that very real bell.