(?), a. 1. Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic.
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The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
James v. 11.
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2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.
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A thing, indeed, very pitiful and horrible.
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3. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable.
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That's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.
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Syn. -- Despicable; mean; paltry. See Contemptible.
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-- Pit"i*ful*ly, adv. -- Pit"i*ful*ness, n.
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