What does pitiful mean?

Definitions for pitiful
ˈpɪt ɪ fəlpiti·ful

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pathetic, pitiable, pitifuladjective

    inspiring mixed contempt and pity

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

  2. deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorryadjective

    bad; unfortunate

    "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs"

  3. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. pitifuladjective

    Feeling pity; merciful.

  2. pitifuladjective

    So appalling or sad that one feels or should feel sorry for it; eliciting pity.

    Scotland has a pitiful climate.

  3. pitifuladjective

    Very small (of an amount or number).

    A pitiful number of students bothered to turn up.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pitifuladjective

    full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic

  2. Pitifuladjective

    piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion

  3. Pitifuladjective

    to be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pitiful in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pitiful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of pitiful in a Sentence

  1. Justine Cullen:

    It’s a pitiful truth that women are still regularly shamed or made to feel awkward for performing the fundamental act of feeding their babies wherever and whenever they need to (of course, they’re also still shamed for not being able or choosing not to breastfeed, which I equally maddening, exposure to breastfeeding in the media is one of the things we can do to counter this, so I love this cover on many levels.

  2. Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia:

    It is so sad to hear that Nikolai Nikolaevich Vasiliev has died. We all find it hard that he’s not alive. Friends write to us, but many letters don’t reach us… We remember the old days, visiting our hospital. I guess no one goes to the graves of our injured ones now nearly everyone was taken away from Tsarskoe. Do you remember Lukyanov he was so pitiful and sweet, always playing with our bracelets like a baby. His visiting card was in my album, but unfortunately the album was left behind at Tsarskoe. Just now I’m writing in our bedroom. On the writing desk are pictures of our beloved hospital…All in all, the times we went to visit the hospital were awfully good. We often reminisce about our visits to the hospital, the evening chats on the telephone, and everything, everything….

  3. Longinus:

    Love of money is the disease which renders us most pitiful and grovelling, and love of pleasure is that which renders us most despicable.

  4. Marcio Astrini:

    This is a sick statement, a pitiful statement, increased deforestation and burning are the result of his anti-environmental policy.

  5. Kristen Bell:

    I refuse to spend my final moments being allowed to play with these people in misery -- I think that would be pitiful, i didn't want to let that ruin it, because it is a gift. It really does feel like we did it for a reason, and when you see the ending you'll know.

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