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Mournful vs. Pitiful

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Mournfuladjective

Filled with grief or sadness; being in a state in which one mourns.

Pitifuladjective

Feeling pity; merciful.

Mournfuladjective

Fit to inspire mourning; tragic.

Pitifuladjective

So appalling or sad that one feels or should feel sorry for it; eliciting pity.

‘Scotland has a pitiful climate.’;

Mournfuladjective

Full of sorrow; expressing, or intended to express, sorrow; mourning; grieving; sad; also, causing sorrow; saddening; grievous; as, a mournful person; mournful looks, tones, loss.

Pitifuladjective

Of an amount or number: very small.

‘A pitiful number of students bothered to turn up.’;

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Mournfuladjective

expressing sorrow

Pitifuladverb

In a pitiful manner; pitifully; piteously; pathetically.

Mournfuladjective

filled with or evoking sadness;

‘the child's doleful expression’; ‘stared with mournful eyes’; ‘mournful news’;

Pitifuladjective

Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic.

‘The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.’;

Pitifuladjective

Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.

‘A thing, indeed, very pitiful and horrible.’;

Pitifuladjective

To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable.

‘That's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.’;

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Pitifuladjective

inspiring mixed contempt and pity;

‘their efforts were pathetic’; ‘pitiable lack of character’; ‘pitiful exhibition of cowardice’;

Pitifuladjective

bad; unfortunate;

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

Pitifuladjective

deserving or inciting pity;

‘a hapless victim’; ‘miserable victims of war’; ‘the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic’; ‘piteous appeals for help’; ‘pitiable homeless children’; ‘a pitiful fate’; ‘Oh, you poor thing’; ‘his poor distorted limbs’; ‘a wretched life’;

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