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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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