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Pathetic vs. Pitiful

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Patheticadjective

Arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.

‘The child’s pathetic pleas for forgiveness stirred the young man’s heart.’;

Pitifuladjective

Feeling pity; merciful.

Patheticadjective

Arousing scornful pity or contempt, often due to miserable inadequacy.

‘You can't even run two miles? That’s pathetic.’; ‘You're almost 26 years old and you still can't hold a real job? That's pathetic.’;

Pitifuladjective

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

‘Scotland has a pitiful climate.’;

Patheticadjective

(obsolete) Expressing or showing anger; passionate.

Pitifuladjective

Of an amount or number: very small.

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

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Patheticadjective

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Pitifuladverb

In a pitiful manner; pitifully; piteously; pathetically.

Patheticadjective

Expressing or showing anger; passionate.

Pitifuladjective

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

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

Patheticadjective

Affecting or moving the tender emotions, esp. pity or grief; full of pathos; as, a pathetic song or story.

‘No theory of the passions can teach a man to be pathetic.’;

Pitifuladjective

Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.

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

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Patheticadjective

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’;

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.’;

Patheticadjective

inspiring mixed contempt and pity;

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

Pitifuladjective

inspiring mixed contempt and pity;

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

Patheticadjective

inspiring scornful pity;

‘how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years’;

Pitifuladjective

bad; unfortunate;

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

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Patheticadjective

arousing pity, especially through vulnerability or sadness

‘she looked so pathetic that I bent down to comfort her’;

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’;

Patheticadjective

miserably inadequate

‘he's a pathetic excuse for a man’;

Patheticadjective

relating to the emotions.

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