How pathetical seemed to her the ignorance of the two men who were her companions in the cloistered house at this time.
For what is a heap of the most pathetical words to God Almighty; or the dedication of any place or time to him?
Our old vicar preached, taking leave of the parish in a pathetical speech, to go to a living in the city.
And then, having finished this pathetical little story of his misfortune, Mr. Mollett senior finished his glass of toddy.
A most weighty and pathetical discourse: they that know anything of God may savour something divine in it.
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.