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drown in self-pity

To be entirely consumed by sorrow, self-deprecation, or other negative emotions to the point of self-indulgence and/or paralysis. It's hard to help someone who would rather drown in self-pity than find a solution to their problems.
See also: drown

for pity's sake

A mild oath of surprise, exasperation, annoyance, frustration, or anger. For pity's sake! I haven't seen you in years! Would you let me finish my story, for pity's sake? Oh for pity's sake, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it!
See also: sake

For Pete's sake!

 and For pity's sake!; For the love of Mike!; For goodness sake!; For gosh sake!; For heaven('s) sake!
a mild exclamation of surprise or shock. For Pete's sake! How've ya been? For pity's sake! Ask the man in out of the cold!

have pity on someone (or an animal)

to have compassion toward someone or an animal. Please! Have pity on us. Let us come in!
See also: have, on, pity

more's the pity

Fig. it is a great pity or shame; it is sad. (Sometimes with the.) Jack can't come, more's the pity. Jane had to leave early, more's the pity.
See also: pity

take pity (on someone or an animal)

to feel sorry for someone or an animal. We took pity on the hungry people and gave them some hot food. She took pity on the little dog and brought it in to get warm.
See also: pity, take

What a pity!

 and What a shame!
Fig. an expression of consolation meaning That's too bad. (Can also be used sarcastically.) Bill: I'm sorry to tell you that the cat died today. Mary: What a pity! Mary: The cake is ruined! Sally: What a shame!

for Pete's sake

(spoken)
I am annoyed or surprised by this for goodness' sake She has a huge salary and gets a bonus, too - how much money does she need, for Pete's sake?
Usage notes: used for emphasis and often used instead of the more offensive idioms for God's sake and for Christ's sake
Related vocabulary: for crying out loud
See also: sake

have pity on somebody

to do something out of sympathy that will help someone An old man begged the soldiers to have pity on him and let him go.
See also: have, on, pity

take pity on somebody

to do something because you feel sympathy for someone She stood there shivering until Claudia took pity on her and put her sweater around the child's shoulders.
See also: on, pity, take

for Pete's sake

Also, for pity's sake. See for the sake of, def. 3.
See also: sake

for the sake of

1. Also for one's sake. Out of consideration or regard for a person or thing; for someone's or something's advantage or good. For example, For Jill's sake we did not serve meat, or We have to stop fighting for the sake of family unity. [Early 1200s]
2. For the purpose or motive of, as in You like to quarrel only for the sake of an argument. [Early 1200s]
3. for God's sake. Also for goodness or heaven's or Pete's or pity's sake . An exclamation showing surprise, impatience, anger, or some other emotion, depending on the context. For example, For God's sake, I didn't expect to see you here, or Hurry up, for goodness sake, or For heaven's sake, how can you say such a mean thing? or For pity's sake, finish your dinner. The variants are euphemisms for God. [c. 1300] For a synonym, see for the love of, def. 2.
See also: of, sake

take pity on

Also, have pity on. Show compassion or mercy to, as in Take pity on the cook and eat that last piece of cake, or, as Miles Coverdale's 1535 translation of the Bible has it (Job 19:21), "Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye, my friends." This idiom may be used half-jokingly, as in the first example, or seriously. [Late 1200s]
See also: on, pity, take

For Pete’s sake!

and For pity’s sake! and For the love of Mike!
exclam. Good grief! For Pete’s sake! Is that you Charlie? For pity’s sake! Ask the man in out of the cold!

For pity’s sake!

verb
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She then speaks on behalf of an imagined other (signalled through the use of 'ooh' on line four) and gives an example of being pitied on behalf of 'what she went through' (4).
Instead of pity, Nehanda presents strength as a desirable outcome of support; this helps to position being pitied as a sign of weakness, and therefore as something to avoid.
Only by understanding the mechanics by which benevolence can erase its object, especially in a sentimental and colonial framework," Stevens argues, "can we see those pitied objects more accurately as people who actively sought to resist or mitigate the effects of colonization on their own cultures" (pp.
Flournoy was not about to sit around and be pitied.
Instead of Africa's poor being divided into pitied units and put at the receiving end of international philanthropy, the West should keep the pity and empower the people.
THERE are four kinds of tempers; he whom it is easy to provoke and easy to pacify, his loss disappears in his gain; he whom it is hard to provoke and hard to pacify,his gain disappears in his loss; he whom it is hard to provoke and easy to pacify is a saint,he whom it is easy to provoke and hard to pacify is to be pitied.
As to almsgiving, the reare four dispositions; he who desires to give,but that others should not give,his eye is evil towards others (sincealmsgiving brings blessing to the giver,and the Hebrew for `giving' spells the same both ways); he who desires that others should give,but will not give himself,his eye is evil against what is his own; he who gives and wishes others to give is a saint; he who will not give and does not wish others to give is to be pitied.
It's just something you live with and it's nothing to be pitied for.
LANCASTER - Theatergoers can hiss the villain and cheer the hero this weekend when the Cedar Street Theatre produces the melodrama ``No Mother To Guide Her: or More to be Pitied Than Censured'' at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W.
After her adultery with a cantor is discovered, a deceitful wife feigns a grievous terminal illness in order to evoke pity and to secure the freedom she needs in order to continue to conduct her affair: "[elle] feit semblant de plourer et de congnoistre son peche en sorte qu'elle faisoit pitie a toute la compaignye, qui cuydoit fermement qu'elle parlast du fonds de son cueur [she pretended to weep and to be cognizant of her sin, with the result that those present pitied her, believing that she spoke from the bottom of her heart]" (366).
Lost here is the connective (accio che) which indicates that Fiammetta is seeking to create compassion in order to increase her own reason for weeping, since, as she has just commented, people lament even more when they realize they are pitied.
Two timely and important social-policy books support this idea: Living on the Edge: The Realities of Welfare in America (Columbia University Press) by Mark Robert Rank and Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare (Macmillan) by Linda Gordon.