what a pity

what a pity

That is really unfortunate; that's too bad. Can be used sarcastically. A: "Tom and I broke up yesterday." B: "Aw, what a pity! You two were such a cute couple!" A: "I'm sorry, but I have decided not to accept your offer." B: "What a pity. We really thought you were the perfect person for the role." I guess he decided to delete his account from the forum. What a pity—I'm sure we'll all miss his inane observations.
See also: pity, what

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!
See also: what