pitiable


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Related to pitiable: piteous, piteousness

pit·i·a·ble

 (pĭt′ē-ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Arousing or deserving of pity or compassion; lamentable.
2. Arousing disdainful pity. See Synonyms at pathetic.

pit′i·a·ble·ness n.
pit′i·a·bly adv.

pitiable

(ˈpɪtɪəbəl)
adj
exciting or deserving pity or contempt
ˈpitiableness n
ˈpitiably adv

pit•i•a•ble

(ˈpɪt i ə bəl)

adj.
1. evoking or deserving pity; lamentable.
2. miserable; contemptible.
[1450–1500]
syn: See pitiful.
piteous, pitiable, pitiful - Piteous is generally not used when speaking of people, pitiable means "able to be pitied," and pitiful most often means "insignificant; below contempt."
See also related terms for insignificant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pitiable - inspiring mixed contempt and pity; "their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"
contemptible - deserving of contempt or scorn
2.pitiable - deserving or inciting pitypitiable - 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"

pitiable

adjective pathetic, distressing, miserable, poor, sorry, sad, dismal, harrowing, grievous, woeful, deplorable, mournful, lamentable, gut-wrenching, wretched, doleful, piteous Her grandmother seemed to her a pitiable figure.

pitiable

adjective
Arousing or deserving pity:
Translations
مُثير للشَّفَقَه، يُرْثى له
žalostný
sørgeligynkværdig
aumkunarverîur, átakanlegur
acıklıacınacak

pitiable

[ˈpɪtɪəbl] ADJ [condition] → lastimoso; [attempt] → penoso
age had reduced him to a pitiable figurela edad lo había reducido a una figura digna de compasión

pitiable

[ˈpɪtiəbəl] adjpitoyable

pitiable

[ˈpɪtɪəbl] adjpietoso/a

pity

(ˈpiti) noun
1. a feeling of sorrow for the troubles and sufferings of others. He felt a great pity for her.
2. a cause of sorrow or regret. What a pity (that) she can't come.
verb
to feel pity for (someone). She pitied him; She is to be pitied.
piteous (ˈpitiəs) adjective
pitiful. a piteous cry/sight.
ˈpiteously adverb
ˈpiteousness noun
ˈpitiable adjective
pitiful. He was in a pitiable condition; He made a pitiable attempt.
ˈpitiably adverb
ˈpitiful adjective
1. very sad; causing pity. a pitiful sight.
2. very poor, bad etc; causing contempt. a pitiful attempt; a pitiful amount of money.
ˈpitifully adverb
ˈpitifulness noun
ˈpitiless adjective
without pity. pitiless cruelty.
ˈpitilessly adverb
ˈpitilessness noun
ˈpityingly adverb
in a way which shows that one feels pity for someone. He looked at her pityingly.
have pity on
to feel pity for (someone because of something). Have pity on the old man.
take pity on
to act kindly, or relent, towards (someone), from a feeling of pity. He took pity on the hungry children and gave them food.
References in classic literature ?
The pitiable mockery of it, which the world might have been ready enough to offer, coming so long after the agony had done its utmost work, would have been fit only to provoke bitterer laughter than poor Clifford was ever capable of.
It was a terrific, most pitiable, and maddening sight.
They were pitiable in their helplessness; above all things they stood in deadly terror of any sort of person in official uniform, and so whenever they saw a policeman they would cross the street and hurry by.
It soon transpired that the eclipse had scared the British world almost to death; that while it lasted the whole country, from one end to the other, was in a pitiable state of panic, and the churches, hermitages, and monkeries overflowed with praying and weeping poor creatures who thought the end of the world was come.
A pitiable object he was, with his armor hanging in rags about him, and his strange-shaped knapsack strapped upon his back.
In that case, nothing could be more pitiable or more honourable than the sacrifices she had resolved on.
In that, he could not be defended; but if he had injured her, how much more had he injured himself; if her case were pitiable, his was hopeless.
The faintness of the voice was pitiable and dreadful.
Gummidge, with a pitiable whimper, 'and now I'm told so
The subtle and varied pains springing from the higher sensibility that accompanies higher culture, are perhaps less pitiable than that dreary absence of impersonal enjoyment and consolation which leaves ruder minds to the perpetual urgent companionship of their own griefs and discontents.
In this unnerved--in this pitiable condition--I feel that the period will sooner or later arrive when I must abandon life and reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm, FEAR.
The condition of the unsuccessful minority is truly pitiable.