pitiful

  • 1 pitiful — pitiful, piteous, pitiable are comparable but not always interchangeable when they mean arousing or deserving pity or compassion. Pitiful applies especially to what actually excites pity or, sometimes, commiseration because it is felt to be… …

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  • 2 Pitiful — Pit i*ful, a. 1. Full of pity; tender hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic. [1913 Webster] The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. James v. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion. [1913 Webster] A… …

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  • 3 pitiful — [pit′i fəl] adj. 1. arousing or deserving pity 2. deserving contempt; despicable 3. Archaic full of pity or compassion pitifully adv. pitifulness n. SYN. PITIFUL applies to that which arouses or deserves pity because it is sad, pathetic, etc.… …

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  • 4 pitiful — index deplorable, lamentable, paltry, poor (inferior in quality) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 pitiful — c.1300, compassionate (implied in pitifully), from PITY (Cf. pity) + FUL (Cf. ful). Sense of exciting or deserving pity is from mid 15c.; that of mean, wretched, contemptible is 1580s …

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  • 6 pitiful — [adj] in bad shape; poor abject, affecting, afflicted, arousing, base, beggarly, cheap, cheerless, comfortless, commiserative, compassionate, contemptible, deplorable, despicable, dismal, distressed, distressing, grievous, heartbreaking,… …

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  • 7 pitiful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) deserving or arousing pity. 2) very small or poor; inadequate. DERIVATIVES pitifully adverb pitifulness noun …

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  • 8 pitiful — [[t]pɪ̱tɪfʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone or something that is pitiful is so sad, weak, or small that you feel pity for them. He sounded both pitiful and eager to get what he wanted... It was the most pitiful sight I had ever seen. Derived words:… …

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  • 9 pitiful — pit|i|ful [ pıtıfl ] adjective 1. ) looking or sounding so unhappy that you feel sympathy and sadness: The scrawny little kitten looked so pitiful out in the rain. The refugee camp was a pitiful sight. 2. ) extremely bad: a pitiful performance a… …

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  • 10 pitiful — UK [ˈpɪtɪf(ə)l] / US adjective 1) looking or sounding so unhappy that you feel sympathy and sadness The scrawny little kitten looked so pitiful out in the rain. The refugee camp was a pitiful sight. 2) extremely bad a pitiful performance a… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 pitiful — piteous, pitiable, pitiful All three words are recorded from Middle English and share the basic meaning ‘arousing pity’ and are to some extent interchangeable (as in The abandoned children were a piteous sight), although pitiful is the most… …

    Modern English usage

  • 12 pitiful — pitifully, adv. pitifulness, n. /pit i feuhl/, adj. 1. evoking or deserving pity: a pitiful fate. 2. evoking or deserving contempt by smallness, poor quality, etc.: pitiful attempts. 3. Archaic. full of pity; compassionate. [1400 50; late ME; see …

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  • 13 pitiful — pit•i•ful [[t]ˈpɪt ɪ fəl[/t]] adj. 1) evoking or deserving pity: a pitiful fate[/ex] 2) arousing contempt by smallness, poor quality, etc.: pitiful attempts[/ex] 3) archaic full of pity; compassionate • Etymology: 1400–50 pit′i•ful•ly, adv. syn:… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 pitiful — pit|i|ful [ˈpıtıfəl] adj 1.) someone who is pitiful looks or sounds so sad and unfortunate that you feel very sorry for them →↑pity ▪ The refugees were a pitiful sight . 2.) a pitiful amount is very small ▪ The fee was pitiful only about £60. 3.) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 pitiful — [ˈpɪtɪf(ə)l] adj 1) someone who is pitiful looks or sounds so unhappy that you feel sympathy for them 2) extremely bad a pitiful performance[/ex] a pitiful excuse[/ex] 3) a pitiful amount of something is very small and not enough pitiful… …

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  • 16 pitiful — adj. pitiful to + inf. (it s pitiful to see such suffering) * * * [ pɪtɪf(ə)l] pitiful to + inf. (it s pitiful to see such suffering) …

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  • 17 pitiful — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) , adj. compassionate (See pity);deplorable, disreputable, pitiable, wretched; lamentable, piteous, paltry. See badness, contempt, disrepute. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Affecting] Syn. pathetic, pitiable …

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  • 18 pitiful — adjective 1 someone or something that is pitiful looks so sad and unfortunate that you feel very sorry for them: The animals were a pitiful sight, in their small cages. 2 not good enough to deserve respect or serious consideration: You don t… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 pitiful — adjective 1) a child in a pitiful state Syn: distressing, sad, piteous, pitiable, pathetic, heart rending, heartbreaking, moving, touching, tearjerking; plaintive, poignant, forlorn; poor, sorry, wretched, abject …

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  • 20 pitiful — adjective /ˈpɪtɪfəl,ˈpɪdəfl̩/ a) Feeling pity; merciful. Straightway, he now goes on to make a full confession; whereupon the mariners became more and more appalled, but still are pitiful. b) So appalling or sad that one feels or should feel… …

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