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pitiable

[pit-ee-uh-buh l] /ˈpɪt i ə bəl/
adjective
1.
evoking or deserving pity; lamentable:
pitiable, homeless children.
2.
evoking or deserving contemptuous pity; miserable; contemptible:
a pitiable lack of character.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Old French piteable, equivalent to pite(er) to pity + -able -able
Related forms
pitiableness, noun
pitiably, adverb
unpitiable, adjective
unpitiably, adverb
Can be confused
piteous, pitiable, pitiful, pitiless (see synonym study at pitiful)
Synonyms
1, 2. See pitiful.
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British Dictionary definitions for un pitiably

pitiable

/ˈpɪtɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
exciting or deserving pity or contempt
Derived Forms
pitiableness, noun
pitiably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un pitiably

pitiable

adj.

mid-15c., "merciful, compassionate," from Old French piteable "compassionate, merciful, pious" (13c.; Modern French pitoyable), from piteer "to pity" (see pity). Meaning "deserving pity" is recorded from late 15c. Related: Pitiably.

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