Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 914 (Pity)

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#914. Pity. -- N. pity, compassion, commiseration; bowels, of compassion; sympathy, fellow-feeling, tenderness, yearning, forbearance, humanity, mercy, clemency; leniency &c. (lenity) 740; charity, ruth, long- suffering.

melting mood; argumentum ad misericordiam[Lat], quarter, grace, locus paenitentiae[Lat].

sympathizer; advocate, friend, partisan, patron, wellwisher.

V. pity; have pity, show pity, take pity &c. n.; commiserate, compassionate; condole &c. 915; sympathize; feel for, be sorry for, yearn for; weep, melt, thaw, enter into the feelings of.

forbear, relent, relax, give quarter, wipe the tears, parcere subjectis[Lat], give a coup de grce, put out of one's misery.

raise pity , excite pity &c. n..; touch, soften; melt, melt the heart; propitiate, disarm.

ask for mercy &c. v.; supplicate &c. (request) 765; cry for quarter, beg one's life, kneel; deprecate.

Adj. pitying &c. v.; pitiful, compassionate, sympathetic, touched.

merciful, clement, ruthful; humane; humanitarian &c. (philanthropic) 910; tender, tender hearted, tender as a chicken; soft, soft hearted; unhardened[obs]; lenient &c. 740; exorable[obs], forbearing; melting &c. v.; weak.

Int. 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].

Phr. one's heart bleeding for; haud ignara mali miseris succurrere disco [Lat][Vergil]; " a fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind " onor di bocca assai giova e poco costa[Garrick][It]. #914a. Pitilessness. -- N. pitilessness &c. adj.; inclemency; severity &c. 739; malevolence &c. 907.

V. have no mercy, shut the gates of mercy &c. 914; give no quarter.

Adj. pitiless, merciless, ruthless, bowelless; unpitying, unmerciful, inclement; grim-faced, grim-visaged; incompassionate[obs], uncompassionate; inexorable; harsh &c. 739; unrelenting &c. 919.