Pit"e*ous (?), a. [OE. pitous, OF. pitos, F. piteux. See Pity.]
The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation.
Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate; tender.
of his case."
She was so charitable and so pitous.
Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable; lamentable; sad; as, a piteous case.
The most piteous tale of Lear.
Paltry; mean; pitiful.
Syn. -- Sorrowful; mournful; affecting; doleful; woeful; rueful; sad; wretched; miserable; pitiable; pitiful; compassionate.
-- Pit"e*ous*ly, adv. -- Pit"e*ous*ness, n.
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