1. Pious; devout. [Obs.]
The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation. --Wyclif.
2. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate; tender. “[She] piteous of his case.”
She was so charitable and so pitous. --Chaucer.
3. Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable; lamentable; sad; as, a piteous case.
The most piteous tale of Lear. --Shak.
4. Paltry; mean; pitiful. “Piteous amends.”
Syn: -- Sorrowful; mournful; affecting; doleful; woeful; rueful; sad; wretched; miserable; pitiable; pitiful; compassionate.
-- Pit*e*ous*ly, adv. -- Pit*e*ous*ness, n.
adj : deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable
victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as
extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals
for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful
fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted
limbs"; "a wretched life" [syn: hapless, miserable,
misfortunate, pathetic, pitiable, pitiful, poor,