pitiable

[pit-ee-uh-buhl]
adjective
1.
evoking or deserving pity; lamentable: pitiable, homeless children.
2.
evoking or deserving contemptuous pity; miserable; contemptible: a pitiable lack of character.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Old French piteable, equivalent to pite(er) to pity + -able -able

pitiableness, noun
pitiably, adverb
unpitiable, adjective
unpitiably, adverb

piteous, pitiable, pitiful, pitiless (see synonym study at pitiful).


1, 2. See pitiful.
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pitiable (ˈpɪtɪəbəl)
 
adj
exciting or deserving pity or contempt
 
'pitiableness
 
n
 
'pitiably
 
adv

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Example sentences
He understands the difference between pitiable and pitiful.
The thought of deserting his weaker and more pitiable companions never perhaps
  occurred to him.
The skeleton cupboards are unlocked after so many years, and what they contain
  has withered to something merely sad and pitiable.
In a sense, their pitiable incapacity for self-awareness truly makes the novel.
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