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Synonyms for pathetic
pəˈθɛt ɪkpa·thet·ic

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Wiktionary

  1. patheticadjective

    Arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.

    The old man’s pathetic pleas for forgiveness stirred the young man’s heart.

    Synonyms:
    wretched, pitiful, miserable

  2. patheticadjective

    Arousing scornful pity or contempt, often due to miserable inadequacy.

    Synonyms:
    disgraceful, dishonorable, despicable, shameful

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pathetic

    Pitiful originally signified full of pity; as, "the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy," James v, 11; but this usage is now archaic, and the meaning in question is appropriated by such words as merciful and compassionate. Pitiful and pitiable now refer to what may be deserving of pity, pitiful being used chiefly for that which is merely an object of thought, pitiable for that which is brought directly before the senses; as, a pitiful story; a pitiable object; a pitiable condition. Since pity, however, always implies weakness or inferiority in that which is pitied, pitiful and pitiable are often used, by an easy transition, for what might awaken pity, but does awaken contempt; as, a pitiful excuse; he presented a pitiable appearance. Piteous is now rarely used in its earlier sense of feeling pity, but in its derived sense applies to what really excites the emotion; as, a piteous cry. Compare HUMANE; MERCY; PITY.

    Synonyms:
    abject, base, contemptible, despicable, lamentable, miserable, mournful, moving, paltry, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, sorrowful, touching, woful, wretched

    Antonyms:
    august, beneficent, commanding, dignified, exalted, glorious, grand, great, helpful, lofty, mighty, noble, sublime, superb, superior

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pathetic

    Synonyms:
    affecting, moving, emotional, tender, melting, tender

    Antonyms:
    ludicrous, unimpassioned, farcical, unaffecting

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretchedadjective

    deserving or inciting pity

    "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"

    Synonyms:
    ridiculous, paltry, deplorable, scummy, woeful, slimy, execrable, suffering, scurvy, vile, low-down, despicable, inadequate, low, miserable, worthless, sad, piteous, hapless, lamentable, misfortunate, pitiable, distressing, measly, poor, short, wretched, silly, sorry, pitiful, abject, unworthy, ugly

    Antonyms:
    dignified, fortunate, estimable

  2. pathetic, pitiable, pitifuladjective

    inspiring mixed contempt and pity

    "their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"

    Synonyms:
    distressing, poor, lamentable, deplorable, sorry, misfortunate, silly, pitiable, ridiculous, sad, miserable, piteous, pitiful, wretched, hapless

    Antonyms:
    fortunate, dignified, estimable

  3. pathetic, ridiculous, sillyadjective

    inspiring scornful pity

    "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett

    Synonyms:
    slaphappy, light-headed, nonsensical, hapless, ludicrous, giddy, poor, farcical, featherbrained, sappy, miserable, lightheaded, absurd, dizzy, laughable, airheaded, ridiculous, wacky, piteous, punch-drunk, cockeyed, misfortunate, pitiable, derisory, zany, silly, preposterous, goofy, wretched, empty-headed, pitiful, cockamamy, cockamamie, idiotic, whacky

    Antonyms:
    dignified, fortunate, estimable

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. patheticadjective

    Synonyms:
    affecting, touching, moving, melting, tender, plaintive

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. patheticadjective

    Synonyms:
    plaintive, pitiable, piteous, mournful, sad

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How to use pathetic in a sentence?

  1. Donald Trump:

    It’s frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible for a left-wing blog … to drop highly salacious and flat-out false information on the Internet just days before he takes the oath of office, ... The fact that BuzzFeed and CNN made the decision to run with this unsubstantiated claim is a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks.

  2. Nadia AhmadNadia Ahmad:

    I didn't care if I stuck out like a sore thumb, i remember a few days later when I went back to my LSAT class and stopped at a nearby gas station, a man yelled at me,' Go back to your country.' I stared back at him and his pathetic existence and walked away.

  3. The President:

    He's waved the white flag on life. He doesn't leave his basement, he's a pathetic candidate.

  4. Donald Trump:

    No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sideline saying why it can't be done, nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic.

  5. Donald Trump on Monday:

    He's a desperate person. He's a sad and a pathetic person. He doesn't even use his last name in his ad.


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