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, pitiful(adj)

    inspiring mixed contempt and pity

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

  2. deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry(adj)

    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, 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"

Wiktionary

  1. pitiful(Adjective)

    Feeling pity; merciful.

  2. pitiful(Adjective)

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

    Scotland has a pitiful climate.

  3. pitiful(Adjective)

    Very small (of an amount or number).

    A pitiful number of students bothered to turn up.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pitiful(adj)

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

  2. Pitiful(adj)

    piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion

  3. Pitiful(adj)

    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. 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….

  2. David Mamet:

    The pursuit of Fashion is the attempt of the middle class to co-opt tragedy. In adopting the clothing, speech, and personal habits of those in straitened, dangerous, or pitiful circumstances, the middle class seeks to have what it feels to be the exigent and nonequivocal experiences had by those it emulates.

  3. Assistant District Attorney Melissa Woodward:

    This was by all accounts a double murder with a pitiful feigned suicide attempt by the defendant.

  4. Keith Olbermann:

    PSU students are pitiful because they're Pennsylvania State University students - period, i apologize for the Pennsylvania State University tweets.

  5. 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.

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