Synonyms for pathetic
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Arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.
The old man’s pathetic pleas for forgiveness stirred the young man’s heart.
Arousing scornful pity or contempt, often due to miserable inadequacy.
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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.
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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"
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
pathetic, pitiable, pitifuladjective
inspiring mixed contempt and pity
"their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"
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
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
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It's pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should stick to what they do best on the field, the Cleveland Police protect and serve Browns stadium.
The kind of power mothers have is enormous. Take the skyline of Istanbul -- enormous breasts, pathetic little willies, a final revenge on Islam. I was so scared I had to crouch in the bottom of the boat when I saw it.
Deaf, blind and disoriented, Tosca was found stumbling around in her cage on Monday, she lost her sense of smell. It was a pathetic sight. Veterinarians, animal protection officials and zoo officials came to a joint decision to put the elderly Tosca out of her misery.
Edgar was fabulous company and made my life for me, despite my fear, i came home and realized I was too old to work but no longer had a husband to look after. I felt pathetic but realized that I might have another 10 years to live so I might as well try and cure myself.
Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
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- patètic, commovedorCatalan, Valencian
- patetisk, medynkvækkende, sørgelig, ynkeligDanish
- gefühlvoll, rührend, erbärmlich, mitleiderregend, bemitleidenswert, jämmerlichGerman
- liigutav, haletsusväärneEstonian
- פאטתית, פאטתי, קורע לבHebrew
- patetico, patetici, patetica, pateticheItalian
- かわいそう, 哀れ, 痛ましい, 情けないJapanese
- პათეტიკური, ამაღელვებელიGeorgian
- meelijwekkend, deerniswekkend, zielig, sneuDutch
- patetic, emoționant, disperatRomanian
- жалкий, душераздирающий, жалостныйRussian
- pomilovanja vreden, ganljivSlovene
- dokunaklı, acıklıTurkish
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