(Pit"i*ful) a.

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.

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.

Syn. — Despicable; mean; paltry. See Contemptible.

Pit"i*ful*ly, adv.Pit"i*ful*ness, n.

(Pit"i*less), a.

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.

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