Definitions for patheticpəˈθɛt ɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched(adj)

    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"

  2. pathetic, pitiable, pitiful(adj)

    inspiring mixed contempt and pity

    "their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"

  3. pathetic, ridiculous, silly(adj)

    inspiring scornful pity

    "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett


  1. pathetic(Adjective)

    Arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.

    The old manu2019s pathetic pleas for forgiveness stirred the young manu2019s heart.

  2. pathetic(Adjective)

    Arousing scornful pity or contempt, often due to miserable inadequacy.

  3. Origin: From patheticus, from παθητικός, from παθητός, from παθείν.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pathetic(adj)

    expressing or showing anger; passionate

  2. Pathetic(adj)

    affecting or moving the tender emotions, esp. pity or grief; full of pathos; as, a pathetic song or story

  3. Origin: [L. patheticus, Gr. paqhtiko`s, fr. paqei^n, pa`schein, to suffer: cf. F. pathtique. See Pathos.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Antonio Masa Caada:

    The [thieves] won’t turn up at court. It’s pathetic.

  2. Helen Keller:

    The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.

  3. Jerry Garcia:

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.

  4. Leslie Walker:

    It's pretty pathetic. I have clients( in Souza prison) who are heroin addicts who are trying to get clean.

  5. Lon Beale:

    It was pretty pathetic, you didn’t get much of a slide or much speed or go very far. [But] it was still a lot fun.

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