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pa·thet·ic

 (pə-thĕt′ĭk) also pa·thet·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Arousing or deserving of sympathetic sadness and compassion: "The old, rather shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic" (John Galsworthy).
2. Arousing or deserving of scornful pity.

[French pathétique, from Late Latin pathēticus, from Greek pathētikos, sensitive, from pathētos, liable to suffer, from pathos, suffering; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.]

pa·thet′i·cal·ly adv.
Synonyms: pathetic, pitiful, pitiable, piteous, lamentable
These adjectives describe what inspires or deserves pity. Something pathetic elicits sympathetic sadness and compassion: "a most earnest ... entreaty, addressed to you in the most pathetic tones of the voice so dear to you" (Charles Dickens).
Both pitiful and pitiable apply to what is touchingly sad: "She told a most pitiful story" (Samuel Butler)."The emperor had been in a state of pitiable vacillation" (William Hickling Prescott).
Sometimes these three terms connote contemptuous pity, as for what is hopelessly inept or inadequate: a school with pathetic academic standards."To be guided by second-hand conjecture is pitiful" (Jane Austen)."That cold accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units" (Thomas Hardy).
Piteous applies to what cries out for pity: "They ... made piteous lamentation to us to save them" (Daniel Defoe).
Lamentable suggests the evocation of pity mixed with sorrow: "Tell thou the lamentable tale of me, / And send the hearers weeping to their beds" (Shakespeare).

pathetic

(pəˈθɛtɪk)
adj
1. evoking or expressing pity, sympathy, etc
2. distressingly inadequate: the old man sat huddled in front of a pathetic fire.
3. informal Brit ludicrously or contemptibly uninteresting or worthless: the standard of goalkeeping in amateur football today is pathetic.
4. obsolete of or affecting the feelings
pl n
pathetic sentiments. Also (archaic or obsolete): pathetical
[C16: from French pathétique, via Late Latin from Greek pathetikos sensitive, from pathos suffering; see pathos]
paˈthetically adv

pa•thet•ic

(pəˈθɛt ɪk)

also pa•thet′i•cal,



adj.
1. causing or evoking pity, either sympathetically or contemptibly; pitiful: a pathetic sight; a pathetic return on our investment.
2. sad; sorrowful; mournful: a pathetic tone of voice.
[1590–1600; < Late Latin pathēticus < Greek pathētikós sensitive =pathēt(ós) made or liable to suffer, v. adj. of páschein to suffer + -ikos -ic]
pa•thet′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pathetic - deserving or inciting pitypathetic - 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"
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"
2.pathetic - inspiring mixed contempt and pity; "their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"
contemptible - deserving of contempt or scorn
3.pathetic - inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett
undignified - lacking dignity

pathetic

adjective
2. inadequate, useless, feeble, poor, sorry, wet (Brit. informal), pants (informal), miserable, petty, worthless, meagre, pitiful, woeful, deplorable, lamentable, trashy, measly, crummy (slang), crappy (slang), rubbishy, poxy (slang), wanky (taboo slang), chickenshit (U.S. slang) That's the most pathetic excuse I've ever heard.

pathetic

adjective
Arousing or deserving pity:
Translations
ضَعيف وفاشِلمُثير للشَّفَقَهمُثِيرٌ لِلْعُطُوف
žalostnýdojemnýubohý
søllesørgeligynkelig
säälittävä
patetičan
gyenge
átakanlega, ömurlegurátakanlegur
哀れな
측은한
graudus
aizkustinošsnožēlojams, niecīgs
ganljiv
patetisk
น่าสงสาร
thảm bại

pathetic

[pəˈθetɪk]
A. ADJ
1. (= piteous) [sight] → patético, lastimoso; [smile] → conmovedor
it was pathetic to see him like thatdaba verdadera lástima or pena verlo así
a pathetic creatureun pobre infeliz
2. (= useless) [excuse, attempt] → pobre
it was a pathetic performancefue una actuación penosa or que daba pena
pathetic, isn't it?da pena ¿no?
B. CPD pathetic fallacy N (Literat) → engaño m sentimental, falacia f patética

pathetic

[pəˈθɛtɪk] adj
(= very bad) → lamentable
Our team was pathetic → Notre équipe a été lamentable.
(= feeble) → pitoyable
(= pitiful) → pitoyable

pathetic

adj
(= piteous)mitleiderregend; the exhausted refugees made a pathetic sightdie erschöpften Flüchtlinge boten ein Bild des Jammers; it was pathetic to seees war ein Bild des Jammers
(= poor)erbärmlich, jämmerlich; it’s pathetices ist zum Weinen or Heulen (inf); what a pathetic bunch they are!oh, was ist das für ein jämmerlicher Haufen!; honestly you’re pathetic, can’t you even boil an egg?ehrlich, dich kann man zu nichts brauchen, kannst du nicht einmal ein Ei kochen?
the pathetic fallacydie Vermenschlichung der Natur

pathetic

[pəˈθɛtɪk] adj
a. (pitiful) → patetico/a, toccante
b. (very bad) → penoso/a, pietoso/a

pathetic

(pəˈθetik) adjective
1. causing pity. The lost dog was a pathetic sight.
2. weak and useless. a pathetic attempt.
paˈthetically adverb

pathetic

مُثِيرٌ لِلْعُطُوف žalostný ynkelig mitleiderregend αξιολύπητος patético säälittävä lamentable patetičan patetico 哀れな 측은한 zielig patetisk patetyczny patético жалкий patetisk น่าสงสาร acınası thảm bại 可怜的

pa·thet·ic

a. patético-a.
References in classic literature ?
A quick temper, sharp tongue, and restless spirit were always getting her into scrapes, and her life was a series of ups and downs, which were both comic and pathetic.
Her sweet face, appealing, pathetic, tormented by the pain of parting, appeared before him as vividly as life.
His look never changed throughout the whole of the scene, nor did a muscle move in his rigid countenance, even at the wildest or the most pathetic parts of the lamentation.
Only think of your falling asleep at what I hoped the newspaper critics would pronounce a most brilliant, powerful, imaginative, pathetic, and original winding up
Haley began a pathetic recital of his peculiar troubles.
He caught himself nodding, now, and smiled one of those pathetic, obsolete smiles of his, and said:
for taps is the soldier's nightly release from duty, and farewell: plaintive, sweet, pathetic, for the morning is never sure, for him; always it is possible that he is hearing it for the last time.
The old lord of Hornberg received him as his son, and wanted him to stay by him and be the comfort and blessing of his age; but the tale of that young girl's devotion to him and its pathetic consequences made a changed man of the knight.
And there is something pathetic and beautiful about it, too.
Potter lifted his face and looked around him with a pathetic hope- lessness in his eyes.
And she read slowly, with her pretty, pathetic voice:--
They would sometimes sing the most pathetic senti- ment in the most rapturous tone, and the most rap- turous sentiment in the most pathetic tone.