What does the word piteous mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Piteousness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Piteously.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Feeling pity.

Usage examples for piteous

  1. In the meanwhile there came a messenger with letters of love from King Faramon of France's daughter unto Sir Tristram, that were full piteous letters, and in them were written many complaints of love; but Sir Tristram had no joy of her letters nor regard unto her. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  2. There was something piteous in her voice. – Love of Brothers by Katharine Tynan
  3. Dimples and Lulla in disgrace are a piteous spectacle. – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael