1. Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic.
The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.James v. 11.
2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.
A thing, indeed, very pitiful and horrible.Spenser.
3. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable.
That's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.Shak.
Syn. Despicable; mean; paltry. See Contemptible.
Pit"i*ful*ly, adv. Pit"i*ful*ness, n.
1. Destitute of pity; hard-hearted; merciless; as, a pitilessmaster; pitiless elements.
2. Exciting no pity; as, a pitiless condition.
Pit"i*less*ly, adv. Pit"i*less*ness, n.
(Pit"man) n.; pl. Pitmen
1. One who works in a pit, as in mining, in sawing timber, etc.
2. (Mach.) The connecting rod in a sawmill; also, sometimes, a connecting rod in other machinery.