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Definitions of pitiful

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. inspiring mixed contempt and pity; "their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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.
  8. Pitifully. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Pitifulness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Compassionate: sad: despicable. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Calling forth pity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Contemptible; paltry. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Full of pity; compassionate; miserable. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. In Scrip., tender; moving compassion; generally used in an ill sense, contemptible; paltry; insignificant. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Compassionate; (of things) calling for pity; contemptible. Hence pitifully adv., pitifulness n. Concise Oxford Dictionary

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