pitiful definition

  • adjective:
    • Inspiring or deserving pity.
    • Arousing contemptuous pity, as through ineptitude or inadequacy. See Synonyms at pathetic.
    • Archaic Filled with pity or compassion.
    • experiencing shame; merciful.
    • So appalling or unfortunate this 1 feels or should feel sorry because of it; eliciting pity.
    • really small (of a sum or number).
    • Full of shame; tender-hearted; caring; sort; merciful; sympathetic.
    • Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.
    • to-be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable.
    • bad; unfortunate
    • deserving or inciting pity
    • inspiring mixed contempt and pity
  • others:
    • Full of shame; tender; compassionate; having a feeling of sorrow and sympathy when it comes to distressed.
    • Exciting or suited to excite pity or compassion; miserable; deplorable; sad: as, a pitiful condition; a pitiful appearance.
    • becoming pitied for its littleness or meanness; paltry; insignificant; contemptible; despicable.

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