Definition: compassion for fellow-suffering; having sympathy or empathy for the grief or misery of another

• These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly, waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity, sleeping in the cold night’s arms. — Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600–1681) Spanish dramatist, poet, & writer
• [Pity] leaps quicker than light from the highest place to the lowest to bring healing and joy, whatever the cost to itself. It changes darkness into light and evil into good. Every disease that submits to a cure shall be cured. — C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) The Great Divorce {1946}

Comment: Pity may soar into piety or it can nosedive into fanaticism.