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Definitions of pitiful

  1. Pitifulness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. Pitifully. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "couldn't rescue the poor fellow"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Miserable; sad; as, a pitiful sight; insignificant or small; as, a pitiful amount; paltry; contemptible; as, a pitiful ambition. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Compassionate: sad: despicable. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Calling forth pity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Contemptible; paltry. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Full of pity; compassionate; miserable. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for pitiful

  1. They were very earnest, for the case under consideration was urgent, as well as very pitiful – Charlie to the Rescue by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. You told me that she was kind and good and pitiful – Audrey by Mary Johnston
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