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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNPITYING

I can see him clinging to his father for protection, and finding that heart hard and unpitying.

The words came in unpitying clearness with their trumpet-sound.

There is nothing which the world dreads so much as an unpitying truth.

The Burfords heard their mournful tale with shouts of unpitying joy.

As seniors we can look down on her with a cold and unpitying eye.

But all at once it knows frost is coming and the threat of unpitying things.

It is a flame to be guarded—a willing slave, an unpitying master.

It was the blacksmith whom I found hard and unimpressible as his own anvil, dark as his forge, and as unpitying as its flames.

I was as hard and unpitying as even your wife before your mother taught me to feel and relieve the demands of poverty.

She tried to pray, but her prayers—if prayers they could be called—were mere outcries against the inexorable and unpitying God.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French pite, pitet "pity, mercy, compassion, care, tenderness; pitiful state, wretched condition" (11c., Modern French pitié), from Latin pietatem (nominative pietas) "piety, loyalty, duty" (see piety). Replaced Old English mildheortness, literally "mild-heartness," itself a loan-translation of Latin misericordia. English pity and piety were not fully distinguished until 17c. Transferred sense of "grounds or cause for pity" is from late 14c.

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