What does pathetic mean?

Definitions for pathetic
pəˈθɛt ɪkpa·thet·ic

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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

Wiktionary

  1. pathetic(Adjective)

    Arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.

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

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

  2. pathetic(Adjective)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pathetic(adj)

    expressing or showing anger; passionate

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

  2. Pathetic(adj)

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

    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. Donald Trump:

    It’s frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible for a left-wing blog … to drop highly salacious and flat-out false information on the Internet just days before he takes the oath of office, ... The fact that BuzzFeed and CNN made the decision to run with this unsubstantiated claim is a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks.

  3. Henry Louis Mencken:

    A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.

  4. Meghan McCain:

    Meghan McCain was Meghan McCain kryptonite in life, Meghan McCain was Meghan McCain kryptonite in death. On a personal level, I agree with you, all of us have love and families, and when Meghan McCain was alive, up until adulthood, we would spend our time together cooking, hiking, fishing, really celebrating life, and I think it's because Meghan McCain almost died, and I just thought,' your life is spent on the weekend not with your family, not with your friends, but you're obsessing, obsessing over great men you could never live up to.' That tells you everything you need to know about his pathetic life right now.

  5. Pete Buttigieg:

    I don't know if Donald Trump felt it necessary to pull out a sharpie and change the map, I don't know if one of his aides felt they had to do that to protect Donald Trump ego. No matter how you cut it, this is an unbelievably sad state of affairs for our country, look, when the presidency has been reduced to this, all of us are diminished because the presidency is supposed to be something we all look up to, even if we disagree with the President... what we're seeing there is literally pathetic.

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