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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pit·e·ous /ˈpɪtiəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pit·e·ous a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,