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pity

noun commiseration, compassion, condolement, condolence, consolation, feeling, fellow feeling, fellow sufferrng, fellowship in sorrow, kindliness, lenience, leniency, lenity, mercifulness, mercy, misericordia, quarter, ruth, sympathy
Associated concepts: amnesty, clemency, pardon
See also: lenience, relent, sympathize
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If you've a surname that lends itself to unfunny, punny 'jokes' - fair game, big game, game for a laugh - you've heard them all by the age of five, and learn to smile pityingly whenever someone attempts one for what they somehow imagine is the first time.
Here she moves from reproach to pity: "The lady in the mirror gazed at the lady in the room, reproachfully at first, then--for were they not sisters?--relentingly, then pityingly." Zuleika then hatches her plan to go to Cambridge instead of a convent: "And now, with pent breath and fast-beating heart, she stood staring at the lady of the mirror, without seeing her" (Zuleika 235).
And there stand pityingly in Love's void place Kindness of household wont familiar-wise, And faith to Love--faith to our dead at rest.
"That's no way for grown people to earn a living," he would regularly say, shaking his head pityingly as the presenters ran through various shameless scenarios which would make the average am-dram seem like the RSC.
"The Dodds' story is rich with incident, populated by fascinating secondary characters, tinged with rising peril and pityingly persuasive about the futility of Dodd's mission.
"It's all right, you little grey mouse," he said, laughing rather pityingly. "I only want to buy you a drink.
Janie's overalls undergird this statement as they symbolize a "nice bit of cross-dressing, signifying equality and sexuality in gender terms..." (108) Thirding renders possible for Janie, for instance, what previously only men have power to do with women: in an inverted, yet parallel scene with Jonah's, Janie "cut him [that is, Tea Cake] short with a blow" (109) in a fit of jealousy; and after they make love, "she had to crow over the fallen Nunkie," (110) just as John in Jonah's "held Lucy tightly and thought pityingly of other men." (111) This shows the neatness of the mechanism of integrating feminization, problematizing the supposed homogeneity of social space, and effecting polyvalence.
"That's for the old ones," one of the local boys told me pityingly.
She shook her head, pityingly. Surely she could tell just by looking at me and write it down if it were that necessary.
The act of sheepishly taking the flags off the roof of the car without any neighbours looking on pityingly shouldn't coincide with a lack of interest in the destiny of the trophy because there is still so much thrilling football to be played as this compelling mystery is solved in the course of the next ten days.
This article features a factual headline, "Mob Out for Negro Blood," followed by a tendentious lead, "Drunken Negro Starts It by Threatening Women Who Spoke Pityingly of the Policeman's Murder" (1).