What does pathetic mean?

Definitions for patheticpəˈθɛt ɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pathetic.

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

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

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pathetic

    -al, pa-thet′ik, -al, adj. showing passion: affecting the tender emotions: causing pity, grief, or sorrow: touching: (anat.) trochlear.—adj. Pathemat′ic, pertaining to emotion.—adv. Pathet′ically.—ns. Pathet′icalness; Path′etism, animal magnetism; Path′etist, one who practises this.—The pathetic, the style or manner fitted to excite emotion. [Gr. pathētikos, subject to suffering.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pathetic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pathetic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Helen Keller:

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

  2. Jerry Garcia:

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

  3. Leslie Walker:

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

  4. Jeffrey Follmer:

    It's pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should stick to what they do best on the field, the Cleveland Police protect and serve Browns stadium.

  5. Cecile Alduy:

    At first, it all gives a rather pathetic image of a party based on a dynasty, but in the long run, if she manages the crisis well media-wise ... she could win from this break-up.

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