These all now sound like pathetic excuses justifying inertia and a lack of creativity.
The pathetic dives and writhing on the field is a turn off to the most ardent American fan.
I worried that he would find me annoying or pathetic, or both.
But one has to say that the U.S. has been exposed as having a pathetic system of secret documents and communications.
Halperin has always treated earnestness and outrage as pathetic and vulgar.
Another interesting and pathetic find was a spur, engraved with “En loial amour, tout mon coer,” the relic of some unknown knight.
He applied it to every sentimental remark, and to every pathetic song.
Here she turned to old Nanon, the smile upon her white face forced and pathetic.
And he was so comical at the same time that he was so pathetic!
But let us be pathetic—so get out your bandana, and prepare to blow your nose most touchingly.
1590s, "affecting the emotions, exciting the passions," from Middle French pathétique "moving, stirring, affecting" (16c.), from Late Latin patheticus, from Greek pathetikos "subject to feeling, sensitive, capable of emotion," from pathetos "liable to suffer," verbal adjective of pathein "to suffer" (see pathos). Meaning "arousing pity, pitiful" is first recorded 1737. Colloquial sense of "so miserable as to be ridiculous" is attested from 1937. Related: Pathetical (1570s); pathetically. Pathetic fallacy (1856, first used by Ruskin) is the attribution of human qualities to inanimate objects.