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ˈpɪt ɪ fəlpiti·ful

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English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pitiful

    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, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, sorrowful, touching, woful, wretched

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

Princeton's WordNet3.0 / 2 votes

  1. 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, pathetic, pitiable, ridiculous, sad, miserable, piteous, wretched, hapless

    Antonyms:
    fortunate, good, estimable

  2. deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorryadjective

    bad; unfortunate

    "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs"

    Synonyms:
    regretful, deplorable, hapless, no-account, reprehensible, woeful, dismal, troubling, execrable, dingy, disconsolate, perturbing, no-count, good-for-nothing, miserable, worrying, criminal, no-good, vicious, disturbing, dark, grim, sad, piteous, condemnable, lamentable, worrisome, misfortunate, pitiable, distressing, bad, poor, pathetic, wretched, sorry, gloomy, drab, distressful, dreary, drear, good-for-naught, blue, meritless

    Antonyms:
    fortunate, estimable, good

  3. 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, pathetic, short, wretched, silly, sorry, abject, unworthy, ugly

    Antonyms:
    estimable, good, fortunate

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pitifuladjective

    Synonyms:
    compassionate, tender, tender-hearted, sympathetic, kind, merciful, lenient, mild

  2. pitifuladjective

    Synonyms:
    mean, base, vile, low, paltry, sorry, abject, rascally, contemptible, despicable, insignificant, worthless

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pitifuladjective

    Synonyms:
    tender-hearted, compassionate, merciful, lenient, ruthful, clement, lamentable, piteous, sad, sorrowful, despicable, contemptible, abject, mean

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How to use pitiful in a sentence?

  1. Justine Cullen:

    It’s a pitiful truth that women are still regularly shamed or made to feel awkward for performing the fundamental act of feeding their babies wherever and whenever they need to (of course, they’re also still shamed for not being able or choosing not to breastfeed, which I equally maddening, exposure to breastfeeding in the media is one of the things we can do to counter this, so I love this cover on many levels.

  2. Captain Prado:

    Che Guevara presented a pitiful figure, dirty, smelly and run-down, che Guevara ’d been on the run for months. Che Guevara hair was long, messy and matted, and Che Guevara beard bushy.

  3. Marcio Astrini:

    This is a sick statement, a pitiful statement, increased deforestation and burning are the result of his anti-environmental policy.

  4. Longinus:

    Love of money is the disease which renders us most pitiful and grovelling, and love of pleasure is that which renders us most despicable.

  5. Kristen Bell:

    I refuse to spend my final moments being allowed to play with these people in misery -- I think that would be pitiful, i didn't want to let that ruin it, because it is a gift. It really does feel like we did it for a reason, and when you see the ending you'll know.


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