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noun [uncountable]     pity pronunciation in British English
/ˈpɪti/
  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 towards someone and forgive them
    show (no) pity:

    The judge showed no pity in her treatment of the youngsters.

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