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?
And then he apologized like a little baby, like a disgusting, little weak, pathetic baby and that's the problem with Black Lives Matters protesters country.
Hors d'oeuvres have always a pathetic interest for me; they remind me of one's childhood that one goes through wondering what the next course is going to be like -- and during the rest of the menu one wishes one had eaten more of the hors d'oeuvres.
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.
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.
He's put together, for lack of a better word, a pretty pathetic political operation.
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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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