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Meaning & Definition of Pathetic in English





1. Deserving or inciting pity

  • "A hapless victim"
  • "Miserable victims of war"
  • "The shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- galsworthy
  • "Piteous appeals for help"
  • "Pitiable homeless children"
  • "A pitiful fate"
  • "Oh, you poor thing"
  • "His poor distorted limbs"
  • "A wretched life"
  • hapless,
  • miserable,
  • misfortunate,
  • pathetic,
  • piteous,
  • pitiable,
  • pitiful,
  • poor,
  • wretched

2. Inspiring mixed contempt and pity

  • "Their efforts were pathetic"
  • "Pitiable lack of character"
  • "Pitiful exhibition of cowardice"
  • pathetic,
  • pitiable,
  • pitiful

3. Inspiring scornful pity

  • "How silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- dashiell hammett
  • pathetic,
  • ridiculous,
  • silly

Examples of using

You guys are pathetic.
You look pathetic in that outfit.