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pathetic - Dictionary definition and meaning for word pathetic

(adj) deserving or inciting pity
Example Sentence
  • a hapless victim
  • miserable victims of war
  • the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic
  • piteous appeals for help
  • pitiable homeless children
  • a pitiful fate
  • Oh, you poor thing
  • his poor distorted limbs
  • a wretched life

(adj) inspiring mixed contempt and pity
Synonyms : pitiable , pitiful
Example Sentence
  • their efforts were pathetic
  • pitiable lack of character
  • pitiful exhibition of cowardice

(adj) inspiring scornful pity
Synonyms : ridiculous , silly
Example Sentence
  • how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for pathetic

divide into PATH + HECTIC...If you have to travel a hectic path then you feel sad.
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by khushboo104

if there is not path to proceed then you feel sad
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by harishankam

PAT with HATE - patting but showing scorn/hate
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by userdce

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