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"
pathetic, pitiable, pitiful(adj)
inspiring mixed contempt and pity
"their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"
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
Arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.
The old man's pathetic pleas for forgiveness stirred the young man's heart.
Arousing scornful pity or contempt, often due to miserable inadequacy.
Origin: From patheticus, from παθητικός, from παθητός, from παθείν.
expressing or showing anger; passionate
affecting or moving the tender emotions, esp. pity or grief; full of pathos; as, a pathetic song or story
Origin: [L. patheticus, Gr. paqhtiko`s, fr. paqei^n, pa`schein, to suffer: cf. F. pathtique. See Pathos.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
-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.]
The numerical value of pathetic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of pathetic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of pathetic in a Sentence
The [thieves] won’t turn up at court. It’s pathetic.
Literally seconds after he hits the ground, it’s pathetic.
The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
He's put together, for lack of a better word, a pretty pathetic political operation.
Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
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- patètic, commovedorCatalan, Valencian
- patetisk, medynkvækkende, ynkelig, sørgeligDanish
- erbärmlich, bemitleidenswert, mitleiderregend, jämmerlich, rührend, gefühlvollGerman
- haletsusväärne, liigutavEstonian
- פאטתית, פאטתי, קורע לבHebrew
- patetici, patetica, patetiche, pateticoItalian
- 哀れ, かわいそう, 情けない, 痛ましいJapanese
- ამაღელვებელი, პათეტიკურიGeorgian
- sneu, deerniswekkend, zielig, meelijwekkendDutch
- disperat, emoționant, pateticRomanian
- жалостный, жалкий, душераздирающийRussian
- ganljiv, pomilovanja vredenSlovene
- acıklı, dokunaklıTurkish
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