Definitions for patheticpəˈθɛt ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pa•thet•icpəˈθɛt ɪk(adj.)

alsopa•thet′i•cal,

  1. causing or evoking pity, either sympathetically or contemptibly; pitiful:

    a pathetic sight; a pathetic return on our investment.

  2. sad; sorrowful; mournful:

    a pathetic tone of voice.

Origin of pathetic:

1590–1600; < LL pathēticus < Gk pathētikós sensitive =pathēt(ós) made or liable to suffer, v. adj. of páschein to suffer +-ikos -ic

pa•thet′i•cal•ly(adv.)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pathetic(adjective)əˈθɛt ɪk

    annoyingly ineffective

    a pathetic attempt to apologize

  2. patheticəˈθɛt ɪk

    causing you to feel sympathy

    A pathetic little kitten, wet and shivering.

Wiktionary

  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


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

pathetic(adjective)

causing pity

The lost dog was a pathetic sight.

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