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pitiful

[pit-i-fuhl]
adjective
1.
evoking or deserving pity: a pitiful fate.
2.
evoking or deserving contempt by smallness, poor quality, etc.: pitiful attempts.
3.
Archaic. full of pity; compassionate.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see pity, -ful

pitifully, adverb
pitifulness, noun
self-pitiful, adjective
self-pitifully, adverb
self-pitifulness, noun
unpitiful, adjective
unpitifully, adverb
unpitifulness, noun

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


1. lamentable, deplorable, woeful, pathetic. 1, 2. Pitiful, pitiable, piteous apply to that which excites pity (with compassion or with contempt). That which is pitiful is touching and excites pity or is mean and contemptible: a pitiful leper; a pitiful exhibition of cowardice. Pitiable may mean lamentable, or wretched and paltry: a pitiable hovel. Piteous refers only to that which exhibits suffering and misery, and is therefore heart-rending: piteous poverty. 2. deplorable, mean, low, base, vile, despicable.


1. delightful. 2. honorable.
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pitiful (ˈpɪtɪfʊl)
 
adj
1.  arousing or deserving pity
2.  arousing or deserving contempt
3.  archaic full of pity or compassion
 
'pitifully
 
adv
 
'pitifulness
 
n

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