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  • adjective Expressing pity.

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  • verb Present participle of pity.


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  • The _idea_ of it -- when I think -- after all that was in the paper, and every one talking about it and pitying you -- _pitying_ you, Honor! "

    Play the Game!

  • Children should be encouraged in pitying their distress; and if guilty of any violent treatment toward them, they should see that you are grieved and displeased at such conduct.

    The Mother's Book

  • The Count, making a slight apology, withdrew, and every one joined in pitying the necessity for a separation of two persons so worthy of each other.

    The Castle of Wolfenbach

  • Even people for whom smiling was difficult must have smiled at the idea of pitying Katie

    The Visioning

  • He recalled his pitying scorn for the big, once useless boy during that long period of dog-like watchfulness over the comings and goings of the girl he loved.

    From the Housetops

  • He doesn't sound self-pitying, which is kind of refreshing.

    The Offside

  • But when I found the child was not less fond of me, and drew its soft hand over my face with a kind of pitying protection in its touch, that soon set me up again.

    Bleak House

  • He had grown to have an extreme affection for my wife as well as my little boy; but towards myself, personally, entertained a kind of pitying contempt which always infinitely amused me.

    The Virginians

  • He turned, as he spoke, and looked down on her with a kind of pitying wisdom.

    Maurice Guest

  • Arachne bestowed the kind of pitying look on Marina that might be given a naughty child who had no notion of what she was saying.

    The Gates Of Sleep


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