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pitiful Line breaks: piti|ful
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪtɪfʊl/

Definition of pitiful in English:


1Deserving or arousing pity: two children in a very pitiful state
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  • It makes us look pitiful and pity is not something that we want, we want respect.
  • It's pitiful, yet she doesn't want to be pitied, so what do I do?
  • It implied, moreover, that the strikers were pitiful wretches whose problems should be addressed through social uplift or charity.
1.1 archaic Compassionate.
2Very small or poor; inadequate: a pitiful attempt to impress her
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  • In a pitiful and pathetic attempt to get his party re-elected, he has disgraced your wonderful country.
  • Along the way, you've got lots of pitiful attempts at push-back spin from administration officials who won't give their name.
  • In a pitiful attempt to recover from the picture-posting fiasco I shall share some interesting information with you.
informal pathetic, measly, piddling, piffling, mingy
British informal poxy
North American informal dinky
dreadful, awful, terrible, lamentable, hopeless, wretched, sorry, poor, bad, feeble, well below par, pitiable, woeful, inadequate, contemptible, deplorable, despicable, laughable, worthless
British informal chronic, pants, a load of pants



Pronunciation: /ˈpɪtɪfʊli/
Example sentences
  • After 12 years of United Nations trade sanctions, the stocks of medicine are pitifully inadequate.
  • It frightened me to watch his pitifully slow approach.
  • First, there was a pitifully low turnout in most of the 25 member states making up the newly enlarged European Union.


Pronunciation: /ˈpɪtɪfʊlnəs/
Example sentences
  • I felt like shooting some photos early this morning, so I tiptoed into the yard and was really surprised to see how much color, how much nature exists in this pit of pitifulness.
  • Worse than practicing bad journalism, Isaacson seems intent on achieving what can only be called a tour de force of pitifulness.
  • But a mob without any man at the head of it, is beneath pitifulness.

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