pity (n.) Old form(s): pittie , pitty
bad thing, sad fate, calamity [for]
LLL V.ii.495[Costard to Berowne] it were pity you should get your living by reck'ning
MND III.i.39[Bottom to Quince, of the actor playing the lion] he himself must speak ... saying ... if you think I come hither as a lion, it were pity of my life
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