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Pitiful vs. Sad — What's the Difference?

Pitiful vs. Sad — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Pitiful and Sad

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Pitiful

Inspiring or deserving pity.
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Sad

Feeling or showing sorrow; unhappy
They looked at her with sad, anxious faces
I was sad and subdued
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Pitiful

Arousing contemptuous pity, as through ineptitude or inadequacy.
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Sad

Pathetically inadequate or unfashionable
The show is tongue-in-cheek—anyone who takes it seriously is a bit sad
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Pitiful

(Archaic) Filled with pity or compassion.
Apr 05, 2022
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Sad

(of dough) heavy through having failed to rise.
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Pitiful

Feeling pity; merciful.
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Sad

Showing, expressing, or feeling sorrow or unhappiness
A sad face.
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Pitiful

So appalling or sad that one feels or should feel sorry for it; eliciting pity.
Scotland has a pitiful climate.
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Sad

Causing sorrow or gloom; depressing
A sad movie.
Sad news.
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Pitiful

Of an amount or number: very small.
A pitiful number of students bothered to turn up.
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Sad

Deplorable or inadequate; sorry
A sad state of affairs.
A sad excuse.
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Pitiful

In a pitiful manner; pitifully; piteously; pathetically.
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Sad

Dark-hued; somber.
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Pitiful

Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic.
The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
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Sad

(heading) Emotionally negative.
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Pitiful

Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.
A thing, indeed, very pitiful and horrible.
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Sad

Feeling sorrow; sorrowful, mournful.
She gets sad when he's away.
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Pitiful

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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Sad

Appearing sorrowful.
The puppy had a sad little face.
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Pitiful

Inspiring mixed contempt and pity;
Their efforts were pathetic
Pitiable lack of character
Pitiful exhibition of cowardice
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Sad

Causing sorrow; lamentable.
It's a sad fact that most rapes go unreported.
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Pitiful

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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Sad

Poor in quality, bad; shameful, deplorable; later, regrettable, poor.
That's the saddest-looking pickup truck I've ever seen.
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Pitiful

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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Sad

Of colours: dark, deep; later, sombre, dull.
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Sad

(obsolete) Sated, having had one's fill; satisfied, weary.
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Sad

(obsolete) Steadfast, valiant.
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Sad

(obsolete) Dignified, serious, grave.
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Sad

(obsolete) Naughty; troublesome; wicked.
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Sad

(slang) Unfashionable; socially inadequate or undesirable.
I can't believe you use drugs; you're so sad!
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Sad

(dialect) Soggy (to refer to pastries).
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Sad

(obsolete) Heavy; weighty; ponderous; close; hard.
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Sad

To make melancholy; to sadden or grieve (someone).
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Sad

Sated; satisfied; weary; tired.
Yet of that art they can not waxen sad,For unto them it is a bitter sweet.
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Sad

Heavy; weighty; ponderous; close; hard.
His hand, more sad than lump of lead.
Chalky lands are naturally cold and sad.
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Sad

Dull; grave; dark; somber; - said of colors.
Woad, or wade, is used by the dyers to lay the foundation of all sad colors.
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Sad

Serious; grave; sober; steadfast; not light or frivolous.
Lady Catharine, a sad and religious woman.
Which treaty was wisely handled by sad and discrete counsel of both parties.
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Sad

Affected with grief or unhappiness; cast down with affliction; downcast; gloomy; mournful.
First were we sad, fearing you would not come;Now sadder, that you come so unprovided.
The angelic guards ascended, mute and sad.
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Sad

Afflictive; calamitous; causing sorrow; as, a sad accident; a sad misfortune.
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Sad

Hence, bad; naughty; troublesome; wicked.
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Sad

To make sorrowful; to sadden.
How it sadded the minister's spirits!
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Sad

Seasonal affective disorder.
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Sad

Experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness;
Feeling sad because his dog had died
Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad
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Sad

Of things that make you feel sad;
Sad news
She doesn't like sad movies
It was a very sad story
When I am dead, my dearest, / Sing no sad songs for me
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Sad

Bad; unfortunate;
My finances were in a deplorable state
A lamentable decision
Her clothes were in sad shape
A sorry state of affairs
Apr 05, 2022

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