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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.
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Adv.1.pitiably - in a manner arousing sympathy and compassion; "the sick child cried pathetically"
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[ˈpɪtɪəblɪ] ADV [low, small, weak] → lamentablemente


adv (= pitifully)erbärmlich, jämmerlich; her dowry is pitiably smallihre Mitgift ist jämmerlich, sie hat nur eine klägliche Mitgift; he found her lying on the bed, crying pitiablyer fand sie auf dem Bett, jämmerlich weinend


(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.
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 ?
We have had, and may still have, worse things to tell of him; but none, we apprehend, so pitiably weak; no evidence, at once so slight and irrefragable, of a subtle disease that had long since begun to eat into the real substance of his character.
This was evidently not one of the forlorn, persecuted, pitiably dependent order of governesses.
Jansenius, though a few words from his wife had surprised and somewhat calmed him, was still pitiably restless and uneasy.
But from my darling who was coming on the morrow, I found a joyful letter, full of such loving anticipation that I must have been of marble if it had not moved me; from my guardian, too, I found another letter, asking me to tell Dame Durden, if I should see that little woman anywhere, that they had moped most pitiably without her, that the housekeeping was going to rack and ruin, that nobody else could manage the keys, and that everybody in and about the house declared it was not the same house and was becoming rebellious for her return.
Then last I looked at Ready; and he leant invertebrate over the rail, gasping pitiably from his exertions in regaining the poop, a dying man once more.
Eynsford Hill to live in Earlseourt on an income so pitiably smaller that I have not the heart to disclose its exact figure.
Da Souza, a Jewess portly and typical, resplendent in black satin and many gold chains and bangles, occupied the seat of honour, and by her side was a little brown girl, with dark, timid eyes and dusky complexion, pitiably over-dressed but with a certain elf-like beauty, which it was hard to believe that she could ever have inherited.
Trembling, panting, struggling for breath, the Swift One clung pitiably to a high thin branch.
After a while she raised her head, and looked at me with wondering eyes that were pitiably like the eyes of her child.
my unfortunate husband was so hopelessly misguided, so pitiably wrong
Sara Ray also managed to get through respectably, although she was pitiably nervous.
She trembled pitiably as she opened the folded note.