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pathetic

[puh-thet-ik]
adjective
1.
causing or evoking pity, sympathetic sadness, sorrow, etc.; pitiful; pitiable: a pathetic letter; a pathetic sight.
2.
affecting or moving the feelings.
3.
pertaining to or caused by the feelings.
4.
miserably or contemptibly inadequate: In return for our investment we get a pathetic three percent interest.
Also, pathetical.


Origin:
1590–1600; < Late Latin pathēticus < Greek pathētikós sensitive equivalent to pathēt(ós) made or liable to suffer (verbid of páschein to suffer + -ikos -ic

pathetically, adverb
patheticalness, noun
hyperpathetic, adjective
hyperpathetical, adjective
hyperpathetically, adverb
quasi-pathetic, adjective
quasi-pathetically, adverb
unpathetic, adjective
unpathetically, adverb

bathetic, pathetic.


1. plaintive. 2. touching, tender. 3. emotional.
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pathetic (pəˈθɛtɪk)
 
adj
1.  evoking or expressing pity, sympathy, etc
2.  distressingly inadequate: the old man sat huddled in front of a pathetic fire
3.  informal (Brit) ludicrously or contemptibly uninteresting or worthless: the standard of goalkeeping in amateur football today is pathetic
4.  obsolete of or affecting the feelings
 
pl n
5.  pathetic sentiments
 
[C16: from French pathétique, via Late Latin from Greek pathetikos sensitive, from pathos suffering; see pathos]
 
pa'thetically
 
adv

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pathetic
1598, "affecting the emotions, exciting the passions," from M.Fr. pathétique "moving, stirring, affecting" (16c.), from L.L. patheticus, from Gk. pathetikos "sensitive, capable of emotion," from pathetos "liable to suffer," verbal adj. 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. Pathetic fallacy (1856, first used by Ruskin) is the attribution of human qualities to inanimate objects.
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sorry definition


and pathetic
  1. mod.
    pitiful; drawing ridicule or scorn; worthy more of condemnation than pity. (In colloquial use these words are usually used in sarcasm and disgust.) : You are one sorry bastard! , You are a pathetic person and a pathetic example of a quarterback!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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