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Roget category 914

6. Words relating to the sentient and moral
6.3. Sympathetic affections
›› 6.3.3. Special sympathetic affections

#914. Pity


pity, compassion, commiserationbowels, of compassionsympathy, fellow-feeling, tenderness, yearning, forbearance, humanity, mercy, clemencyleniency etc. (lenity) 740charity, ruth, long-suffering.
melting moodargumentum ad misericordiam [Lat.], quarter, grace, locus paenitentiae [Lat.].
sympathizeradvocate, friend, partisan, patron, wellwisher.


pityhave pity, show pity, take pity etc. n. — commiserate, compassionatecondole etc. 915sympathizefeel for, be sorry for, yearn forweep, melt, thaw, enter into the feelings of.
forbear, relent, relax, give quarter, wipe the tears, parcere subjectis [Lat.], give a coup de gr=ace, put out of one's misery.
raise pity, excite pity etc. n. — touch, softenmelt, melt the heartpropitiate, disarm.
ask for mercy etc. v. — supplicate etc. (request) 765cry for quarter, beg one's life, kneeldeprecate.


pitying etc. v. — pitiful, compassionate, sympathetic, touched.
merciful, clement, ruthfulhumanehumanitarian etc. (philanthropic) 910tender, tender hearted, tender as a chickensoft, soft heartedunhardenedlenient etc. 740exorable, forbearingmelting etc. v. — weak.


for pity's sake!, mercy!, have mercy!, cry you mercy!, God help you!, poor thing!, poor dear!, poor fellow!, woe betide!, quis talia fando temperet a lachrymiss! [Lat.]" [Vergil].


one's heart bleeding forhaud ignara mali miseris succurrere disco [Lat.] [Vergil]; a fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind —" onor di bocca assai giova e poco costa [It] [Garrick].

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