Definition of pathetic in English:

pathetic

Line breaks: path|et¦ic
Pronunciation: /pəˈθɛtɪk
 
/

adjective

  • 3 archaic Relating to the emotions.

Derivatives

pathetically

adverb
More example sentences
  • It's not lost in the music, it stands out pathetically small and off-key.
  • Nowhere is this more pathetically obvious than in the party slogans.
  • I whimpered pathetically, then bit my lip and let the lorry go.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'affecting the emotions'): via late Latin from Greek pathētikos 'sensitive', based on pathos 'suffering'.

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