Definition of pitiable in English:


Line breaks: piti|able
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪtɪəb(ə)l


1Deserving or arousing pity: the men were in a pitiable condition
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  • In either case, the suffering of the person with MPD is equally pitiable and deserving of our understanding, not derision.
  • If some doctors, motivated by pity, help such pitiable individuals to die, do they commit the offence of destroying life or not?
  • When these young people return, despite being richer or better educated or both, they still have no pigs, a condition considered pitiable by the older generation.
2Contemptibly poor or small: a pitiable imitation of the real thing
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  • Lamenting her partner's pitiable dancing, one of the female characters pleas for a real dancer, and her call is answered by an immodest Balthasar decked out in what appears to be a flashy 1980s-style suit.
  • It is pertinent to mention the condition of State finances that are in a pitiable condition.
  • The journey is tough as the transportation facility in the region is poor and the roads are in a pitiable condition.


late Middle English: from Old French piteable, from piteer 'to pity'.



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  • He had seen grubby, cantankerous men reduced to pitiableness by slighter but nevertheless relentless syndromes, the same shovelled out eye-sockets.


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  • Meanwhile, the survivors of the genocide - who were pitiably few in number - haunted the country like ghosts.
  • The gay characters were presented as suffering from an affliction, or if not, at least as being pitiably different.
  • I am terribly sorry, but we are pitiably unprepared to entertain such distinguished company as yourself, your majesty.

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