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Another word for pity

  1. Sympathetic, sad concern for someone in misfortune

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  2. A great disappointment or regrettable fact

      1. (Slang) An adverse reaction to a hallucinogenic drug.
      2. (Slang) Any unpleasant or unsatisfactory thing or experience
      3. (Slang) One that depresses, frustrates, or disappoints:
      1. A painful emotion caused by the awareness of having done something wrong or foolish:
      2. A tendency to have feelings of this kind, or a capacity for such feeling
      3. Respect for propriety or morality:
      1. An act committed in violation of law where the consequence of conviction by a court is punishment, especially where the punishment is a serious one such as imprisonment.
      2. An act committed in violation of a law prohibiting it, or omitted in violation of a law ordering it; often, specif., such an act of a serious nature, as a felony: crimes are variously punishable by death, imprisonment, or the imposition of certain fines or restrictions: the range of crime includes felonies and misdemeanors, but not petty violations of local ordinances
      3. Unlawful activity:
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  1. To experience or express compassion

Another word for pity

  1. Compassionate feeling

  2. Anything that might move one to pity, sense 1

  1. To feel pity for

  2. To be merciful to


    have or take pity on

Synonym Study

  • Condolence now usually implies a formal expression of sympathy with another in deep sorrow a letter of condolence
  • Sympathy , in this connection, implies such kinship of feeling as enables one to really understand or even to share the sorrow, trouble, etc. of another a friend I can always turn to for sympathy
  • Commiseration implies openly expressed feelings of pity or sympathetic sorrow she wept with her friend in commiseration
  • Compassion implies sorrow for another's sufferings or trouble accompanied by an urge to help or spare moved by compassion, they did not press for payment
  • Pity implies sorrow felt for another's suffering or misfortune, sometimes connoting slight contempt because the object is regarded as weak or inferior he felt pity for a man so ignorant