What does pitiful mean?

Definitions for pitiful
ˈpɪt ɪ fəlpiti·ful

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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. Assistant District Attorney Melissa Woodward:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Keith Olbermann:

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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