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.
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