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pitiful - Dictionary definition and meaning for word pitiful

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

(adj) bad; unfortunate
Example Sentence
  • my finances were in a deplorable state
  • a lamentable decision
  • her clothes were in sad shape
  • a sorry state of affairs

(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

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