The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Nineteen – Vocabulary

Today’s word is very common. It is often used in novels both old and new, as well as in casual conversation. It’s even used in famously-quoted movie lines! Our vocab word for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 19 is…

PITY

Keep reading or watch the video below see how the word ‘pity’ is used in The Prince and the Pauper.

PITY

DEFINITION

(n.) a feeling of sympathy for someone suffering
FACTS/CHARACTERISTICS

generally has more of negative connotation than other synonyms
EXAMPLES

compassion
sympathy
NON-EXAMPLES

indifference
cruelty

Etymology

  • Language of Origin: Latin
  • Pietatem = “piety, loyalty, duty”

Sentences/Additional Forms

  • Straightforward sentence: The townspeople took pity on the family whose house burned down.
  • Sentence from the chapter: “The children’s mother received the King kindly, and was full of pity; for his forlorn condition and apparently crazed intellect touched her womanly heart.” (p. 121)
  • Other forms: pity (v.), piteous (adj.)

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References

https://www.etymonline.com/word/pity

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