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noun [uncountable] pity pronunciation in American English /ˈpɪti/
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  1. 1
    a strong feeling of sympathy that you have for someone because they are very unhappy or in a bad situation
    She looked at him with a mixture of pity and disgust.
    There was pity in her voice.
    feel pity for someone: She felt pity for all the children living in such terrible conditions.
    an object of pity (=someone who people feel only sympathy for): In the past poor people were seen as objects of pity.
  2. 2
    formal an attitude in which you are sympathetic toward someone and forgive them
    show (no) pity: The judge showed no pity in her treatment of the offender.



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