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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 ?
Grey-headed men, wonderfully pathetic in their dissipation, stared at her through clouds.
There was something pathetic in it, as in the endeavour of an artist in his old age to equal the masterpieces of his youth - for the Tweed's famous passages were Captain S-'s masterpieces.
It has been my aim to make the character of "Magdalen," which personifies this struggle, a pathetic character even in its perversity and its error; and I have tried hard to attain this result by the least obtrusive and the least artificial of all means -- by a resolute adherence throughout to the truth as it is in Nature.
There are four kinds of Tragedy, the Complex, depending entirely on Reversal of the Situation and Recognition; the Pathetic (where the motive is passion),--such as the tragedies on Ajax and Ixion; the Ethical (where the motives are ethical),--such as the Phthiotides and the Peleus.
After having wandered some time on the Banks of the Uske without knowing which way to go, I began to lament my cruel Destiny in the bitterest and most pathetic Manner.
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.
Here Tom bowed his head, and after a grunting sob or two, he raised his handkerchief in a very pathetic manner to his face, and THOUGHT to himself--"Well, if she stand THAT, the Lord only knows what I shall say next.
That is how she got her soft face and her pathetic ways and her large charity, and why other mothers ran to her when they had lost a child.
There was little sound, and none agreeable save the whir of the ship's sewing machine at which Smee sat, ever industrious and obliging, the essence of the commonplace, pathetic Smee.
I conceived her so sympathetic that she always laughed before he came to the joke, and I am sure she had filmy eyes from the very start of a pathetic story.
I must have one pathetic scene in it," said Anne thoughtfully.
Presently, a sort of choking sound came out of the pillow, and went straight to her heart the most pathetic sob she ever heard, for, though it was the most natural means of relief, the poor fellow must not indulge in it because of the afflicted eyes.