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 ?
Thou hast lived too closely to the small and the pitiable.
Very remarkable, I dare say," she answered, "to people who feel any doubt of this pitiable lady of yours being mad.
and after one or two feeble flounders he crawls out again, limp and pitiable.
It was a terrific, most pitiable, and maddening sight.
She sees this and blushes red in patches and becomes more pitiable than before, so pitiable that he feels ashamed and can never forget that crooked, kindly, submissive smile.
If there had not been a Netherfield ball to prepare for and talk of, the younger Miss Bennets would have been in a very pitiable state at this time, for form the day of the invitation, to the day of the ball, there was such a succession of rain as prevented their walking to Meryton once.
She had no fear of the shadows; her sole idea seemed to be to shun mankind--or rather that cold accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.
In this pitiable state I must have lain for what you call hours--with us there are no hours, there is no time.
No doubt he was in a pitiable position, but how could that be helped?
The condition of the unsuccessful minority is truly pitiable.
In order to make the children sensible of the pitiable condition of these men, Grandfather singled out Peter Oliver, chief justice of Massachusetts under the crown, and imagined him walking through the streets of Boston on the morning before he left it forever.
Face to face with discovery of his secret, the old man, in a pitiable state of concern, spoke out even more fully than Mr.