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Synonyms for pathetic
pəˈθɛt ɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched(adj)

    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, pitiful(adj)

    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, silly(adj)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. pathetic(adjective)

    Arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.

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

    Synonyms:
    wretched, pitiful, miserable

  2. pathetic(adjective)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pathetic(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pathetic(a)

    Synonyms:
    plaintive, pitiable, piteous, mournful, sad

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How to use pathetic in a sentence?

  1. John Kelly:

    This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I am not surprised the dishonest, irrelevant and totally failing Club for Growth has resorted to attacking the definitive front runner, especially after I refused to contribute to their pathetic group. We will be releasing my current tax proposal, which is a major decrease in taxes, in the next week and will continue to expose the two faced hypocrisy of the Club for Growth and the problems groups like this perpetuate within a broken Washington, D.C..

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    The space buzz There is no more powerful temptation and temptation in the universe than you. You are so beautiful that you want to use foul language from the infinitely powerful, awesome explosion of admiration, from the billions of infinitely colorful colors of bright emotions of love and positive feelings. It is hard to believe in this, it seems that nature made photoshop, but it’s true, you’re trully, you are incredibly beautiful by nature. The color of your skin and eyes is the color of hot, torrid sex. Not enough and all the compliments and poems to describe your beauty. You are much beautiful than love, better than sex, better than any pleasure in this universe, for me you are the most beautiful goddess of beauty of this universe, you are beyond competition, you are more important than any offenses of guilt and other trifles, and sex with you is divine higher buzz. Your every touch or kiss is priceless and unforgettable, every kiss you make is the highest orgasmic cosmic out, from your touch your heart knocks more and shakes on my skin, with you I am in paradise. An incredibly beautiful, sexy doll is an example of perfect harmonious natural, universal beauty, cosmically beautiful, you are a cosmic buzz, a doll's beauty and pretty. Your beauty falls in love and excites even to the pleasant pain and sweet enravishment, the highest level of pleasure. Through the sweet and appetizing seducing, teasing with its perfect beauty. You instantly and inevitably fall in love with you. I'm in love with you in any condition. You are beautiful to me even in old age. You are my most desired and desired dream. You are an ultra powerful hypnosis hot love sex. You're so delicious, you tease my insatiable sex appetite. Epic iconic pathetic epojently beautiful. Unbearably incredibly sexy exciting. I fall in love with you more and more I want you more and more and more and more. Among the billion girls and women you are the most beautiful. You dominate the podium of beauty in my attention and thoughts because you are the most beautiful and sexy in the universe. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  4. Reilly Opelka:

    Well, the ATP Cup is pathetic. I think it's shocking on behalf of the ATP for them to pass that and allow that, it's pretty embarrassing, actually.

  5. Ryan Williams:

    He's put together, for lack of a better word, a pretty pathetic political operation.


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