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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

Pite-, Pyte-, Pitiable, -abill, a. [OF. piteable (13th c.), piti-, pitoiable, e.m.E. pytoyable (Caxton), pitoy- (1586), lamentable, piteabyl characterised by pity (1503). Cf. Pieteabil a.] a. Deserving of pity. b. Full of pity (for, of a person); compassionate. — 1456 Hay I. 299/9.
To ay justice with merci melle efter as he seis caus piteable
1618 W. Barclay Well 6.
This water … hindereth the intollerable doloures of the pitiable grauels
1456 Hay II. 159/37.
And of all Goddis creaturis tobe piteable
a1487 Gud Wyf & D. 137.
Be euir of pure folk pyteabill

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"Pitiable adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Aug 2022 <>



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