Synonyms: pity, compassion, commiseration, sympathy, condolence, empathy
These nouns signify kindly concern aroused by the misfortune, affliction, or suffering of another. Pity often implies a feeling of sorrow that inclines one to help or to show mercy: felt pity for the outcast. Compassion denotes deep awareness of the suffering of another and the wish to relieve it: “Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism” (Hubert H. Humphrey). Commiseration signifies the expression of pity or sorrow: expressed their commiseration over the failure of the experiment.
I believe that it depends on our culture and conditioning on the way of words...their meaning...some fear pity as an emotion for weakness and failure, therefore they are embarrassed by the word....but the word is in itself, an entity of compassion and care for others. Yes?
Just my thoughts. Thanks for the opportunity to share.