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"
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, pitiful(adj)
inspiring mixed contempt and pity
"their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"
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
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
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.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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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How to use pathetic in a sentence?
The American government does not know what was discussed between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in that frankly pathetic, embarrassing encounter where Donald Trump was kowtowing on the world stage to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
At first, it all gives a rather pathetic image of a party based on a dynasty, but in the long run, if she manages the crisis well media-wise ... she could win from this break-up.
A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.
CNBC trashed the whole debate, they were so pathetic turning the 'substantive' debate into reality TV that I watched the World Series.
President Trumps recorded conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger is more than a pathetic, rambling, delusional rant, his disgraceful effort to intimidate an elected official into deliberately changing and misrepresenting the legally confirmed vote totals in his state strikes at the heart of our democracy and merits nothing less than a criminal investigation.
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- patètic, commovedorCatalan, Valencian
- patetisk, medynkvækkende, ynkelig, sørgeligDanish
- erbärmlich, bemitleidenswert, mitleiderregend, jämmerlich, rührend, gefühlvollGerman
- haletsusväärne, liigutavEstonian
- פאטתית, פאטתי, קורע לבHebrew
- patetici, patetica, patetiche, pateticoItalian
- 哀れ, かわいそう, 情けない, 痛ましいJapanese
- ამაღელვებელი, პათეტიკურიGeorgian
- sneu, deerniswekkend, zielig, meelijwekkendDutch
- disperat, emoționant, pateticRomanian
- жалостный, жалкий, душераздирающийRussian
- ganljiv, pomilovanja vredenSlovene
- acıklı, dokunaklıTurkish
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