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Meaning & Definition of Pathetic in English

English

Pathetic

/pəθɛtɪk/

adjective

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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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
    synonym:
  • pathetic
  • ,
  • ridiculous
  • ,
  • silly

Examples of using

How pathetic!