If you feel pity, you feel sympathy for someone else's suffering. A documentary on prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted might make you feel pity for them.

Use pity as a noun or a verb. You feel pity for the really bad singer so you try to look attentive, but then you pity yourself for having to suffer through his terrible rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." We also say something is a pity if it's something to be sad about. It's a pity that your computer crashed right after you finished your paper.

Definitions of pity

n a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others

“the blind are too often objects of pity
commiseration, pathos, ruth
Type of:
fellow feeling, sympathy
sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)

n the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it

Type of:
mercifulness, mercy
a disposition to be kind and forgiving

n an unfortunate development

“it's a pity he couldn't do it”
Type of:
bad luck, misfortune
unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event

v share the suffering of

compassionate, condole with, feel for, sympathize with
commiserate, sympathise, sympathize
to feel or express sympathy or compassion
feel concern or interest
express one's sympathetic grief, on the occasion of someone's death
Type of:
grieve, sorrow
feel grief

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