What does pathetic mean?

Definitions for pathetic
pəˈθɛt ɪkpa·thet·ic

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pathetic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretchedadjective

    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, pitifuladjective

    inspiring mixed contempt and pity

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

  3. pathetic, ridiculous, sillyadjective

    inspiring scornful pity

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

Wiktionary

  1. patheticadjective

    Arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.

    The old man's pathetic pleas for forgiveness stirred the young man's heart.

  2. patheticadjective

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

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

ChatGPT

  1. pathetic

    Pathetic is an adjective that describes something as causing or evoking pity, sympathetic sadness, sorrow, or a similar emotion. It can also refer to something being woefully inadequate or unimpressive, often in a way that is pitiful or contemptible.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patheticadjective

    expressing or showing anger; passionate

  2. Patheticadjective

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

  3. Etymology: [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.]

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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

Examples of pathetic in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I am not surprised the dishonest, irrelevant and totally failing Club for Growth has resorted to attacking the definitive front runner, especially after I refused to contribute to their pathetic group. We will be releasing my current tax proposal, which is a major decrease in taxes, in the next week and will continue to expose the two faced hypocrisy of the Club for Growth and the problems groups like this perpetuate within a broken Washington, D.C..

  2. Fred Zeidman:

    CNBC trashed the whole debate, they were so pathetic turning the 'substantive' debate into reality TV that I watched the World Series.

  3. Adam Scott:

    It's pathetic, i finished par-par-par but just didn't beat the guy that I'm playing today. You've got to close it out like you're trying to win a tournament and that wasn't good enough today.

  4. Ben Carson:

    This is a bunch of lies, this is what it is, it’s a bunch of lies attempting, you know, to say that I ’m lying about my history. I think it’s pathetic.

  5. Reilly Opelka:

    Well, the ATP Cup is pathetic. I think it's shocking on behalf of the ATP for them to pass that and allow that, it's pretty embarrassing, actually.

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