In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(cause of regret)lástima femininepena feminineit's a pity (that) — (+ subj) es una lástima / una pena que
- it's a pity you can't go — es una lástima / una pena que no puedas ir
- what a pity you missed it! — ¡qué lástima / qué pena que te lo perdieras!
- it's a thousand pities he isn't here to see it — ¡qué pena tan grande que él no esté aquí para verlo!
- This enforced secrecy is a pity, because Lalonde might have some useful advice to offer his cousin.
- It would be a great pity if this opportunity to restore confidence in the way support is delivered to rural areas is missed.
- The authorities probably knew that there was a likelihood of taking relics and it is a pity that it disappeared.
- There were two performances taking place here: the pity was that they rarely coincided.
- It's such a pity, when perfectly reasonable tinned crab is available in the supermarkets!
- This is a pity, because in many cases there is more going on than meets the eye.
- That is a pity in the case of smart policies, but a blessing for the less smarter ideas.
- It would be a pity if they were to throw away the opportunity at this stage.
- A real pity, as this could have been a tasty little number.
- What a real pity - I was looking forward to meeting him.
- And as in at least some other cases, this will be a pity because there will likely be some small nugget of usefulness to the deal.
- Isn't it an awful pity Mick O Dwyer wasn't born in Sligo.
- This is a great pity because if he had, we might have been spared the regrettable sight that assailed us earlier in the week.
- It would be a pity to pretend that there are no regrets and that ending a marriage hardly matters.
- In the end, it's a pity because the situation could have been handled a lot better and without the angst and tears.
- We have a great chance to beat Westmeath and it would be a pity if there were only a small crowd from Carlow to see it.
- Form fatally undermines content - a real pity in a novel of real promise.
- "It would be an awful pity if there were objections.
- It would be a pity, nevertheless, if Sean Connery missed his chance to straighten out the record.
- In which case it would be a pity just to wrap the Lion in brown paper and send it off to Sydney.
2(compassion)piedad femininecompasión femininehe showed no pity — se mostró implacable
- I don't want your pity — no quiero tu compasión / que me compadezcas
- to have pity on sb — tener piedad / compasión de algn
- I felt pity for the poor creature — me dio lástima (de) la pobre criatura
- He didn't want her pity; he hated it when people pitied him.
- I almost felt pity for the man - almost.
- "Poor Silas, you conformed, " David said with mock pity.
- He looked down at his shoes, feeling pity for the poor girl.
- Such paintings court the viewer's curiosity, but make no appeal to feelings of pity, fear, or outrage.
- In these circumstances, we should look with pity and compassion on George Best.
- Feeling pity for the little boy she shoved a few coins into his hand.
- I spoke with pity in my voice, but tried to keep it refined.
- I shook my head in mock pity as Chela attempted to comfort Micheal.
- With the luck they've had, this bunch deserves some pity.
- Some said that to heal this rift in the Malay ground, some pity, or compassion, must be shown to Anwar.
- You're feeling pity for a creature that would sneer at the concept if she understood it.
- They have no idea of their future here and I feel great pity for their innocence.
- She didn't deserve pity and Rod wanted a bit of fun.
- He watched her reaction but he didn't see fear or anger, only pity and sorrow.
- While we offer thanks to all, we would respectfully ask for no one to feel pity or sorrow for our loss.
- He had no pity, no compassion, no understanding of what the victims of war suffered.
- A good number of her early poems attempt to work on the reader's sense of pity and compassion.
- I knew he didn't want my pity, but he had it nonetheless.
- For the children who danced at the will of adults, he had expressed sorrow and pity.
transitive verbpitying, pities, pitied
1tenerle lástima acompadecerI pity the poor thing — le tengo lástima / la compadezco a la pobre
- I think she pitied him more than she loved him — creo que más que quererlo le tenía lástima
- I pity you if he finds out you've broken it — pobre de ti como descubra que lo has roto
- Ahron almost pitied the poor man, remembering the pain the spell could do.
- Well, when you stop being frightened of someone and then you stop pitying them, there's not really a lot left.
- Jubei found himself actually pitying the two poor young men.
- Still, we have to have some sense of his perspective in order to actually pity him.
- I ought to be crucified, crucified on a cross, not pitied!
- And don't pity poor Gene because he didn't win.
- They were pitied, but few shared empathy with their hopes and dreams.
- They'd look with envy at the things and pity the man that owned them.
- She is pitying my cynical singledom, and I am worrying about her future.
- I pity the fool who has to guess what people are going to buy.
- Whenever I pull them out of my bag, I can feel the amused and somewhat pitying stares of other golfers upon me.
- Pity poor Dillon Phillips, the prime minister's 12-year-old lad.
- She watched him struggle to answer, almost pitying at the poor frightened creature.
- I pity the girls he's been going out with.
- Refugees need help, and I do pity their plight, however problems should not be exported.
- Her smile was slightly sad and regretful, almost pitying as she continued speaking.
- Larry secretly pitied the girl on the receiving end of his boss's wrath.
- But pity the poor soul who would try to do anything to those kids.
- But anyone who pities herself for more than a month on end is a weak sister and likely to become a public nuisance besides.
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