pitiful


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Related to pitiful: pitifully, perplex, lofty, inadvertently, disgruntled

pit·i·ful

 (pĭt′ĭ-fəl)
adj.
1. Inspiring or deserving pity.
2. Arousing contemptuous pity, as through ineptitude or inadequacy. See Synonyms at pathetic.
3. Archaic Filled with pity or compassion.

pit′i·ful·ly adv.
pit′i·ful·ness n.

pitiful

(ˈpɪtɪfʊl)
adj
1. arousing or deserving pity
2. arousing or deserving contempt
3. archaic full of pity or compassion
ˈpitifully adv
ˈpitifulness n

pit•i•ful

(ˈpɪt ɪ fəl)

adj.
1. evoking or deserving pity: a pitiful fate.
2. arousing contempt by smallness, poor quality, etc.: pitiful attempts.
3. Archaic. full of pity; compassionate.
[1400–50]
pit′i•ful•ly, adv.
syn: pitiful, pitiable, piteous apply to that which arouses pity (with compassion or with contempt). That which is pitiful is touching and excites pity or is mean and contemptible: a pitiful leper; a pitiful exhibition of cowardice. pitiable may mean lamentable, or wretched and paltry: a pitiable hovel. piteous refers only to that which exhibits suffering and misery, and is therefore heartrending: piteous poverty.
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.pitiful - inspiring mixed contempt and pity; "their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"
contemptible - deserving of contempt or scorn
2.pitiful - bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs"
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
3.pitiful - deserving or inciting pitypitiful - 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"

pitiful

pitiful

adjective
1. Arousing or deserving pity:
2. Archaic. Feeling or expressing pity:
Archaic: piteous.
Translations
باعِث على الإزْدِراءمُثير للِشَّفَقَه
bídnýbudící soucitubohýžalostný
bedrøveligsørgeligynkeligynkværdig
brjóstumkennanlegurömurlega lélegur
vzbudzujúci súcit
usmiljenja vreden

pitiful

[ˈpɪtɪfʊl] ADJ
1. (= moving to pity) [sight] → lastimoso, penoso; [cry] → lastimero
2. (= contemptible) [efforts] → lamentable; [sum, amount] → irrisorio
3. (= dreadful) → pésimo, lamentable
it was a pitiful performancefue una actuación pésima or lamentable

pitiful

[ˈpɪtifʊl] adj
(= touching) [sight, appearance] → pitoyable
(= meagre) [choice] → maigre; [wage] → pitoyable
(= contemptible) [lack, excuse, attempt] → pitoyable

pitiful

adj
(= moving to pity) sight, storymitleiderregend; personbemitleidenswert, bedauernswert; cry, whimperjämmerlich; to be in a pitiful statein einem erbärmlichen Zustand sein
(= poor, wretched)erbärmlich, jämmerlich, kläglich; what a pitiful little wretch you arewas bist du doch für ein erbärmlicher kleiner Schuft

pitiful

[ˈpɪtɪfʊl] adj
a. (sight, story) → pietoso/a; (person) → che fa pietà or compassione
b. (pej) (attempt) → pietoso/a; (cowardice) → deplorevole; (sum) → miserabile

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.

pitiful

a. lastimoso-a, pobre.
References in classic literature ?
They had intended to hang the school- master, but something in his figure, so small, white, and pitiful, touched their hearts and they let him escape.
Neither grandmother nor I could go out in the storm, so Jake fed the chickens and brought in a pitiful contribution of eggs.
It would be pitiful to tell how their days were spent to accomplish this end; how the dollars had been saved for thirty years and the picayunes hoarded; and yet, not half enough gathered
A few more footsteps to and fro; and here, at last,--with another pitiful sigh, like a gust of chill, damp wind out of a long-closed vault, the door of which has accidentally been set, ajar--here comes Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon
It was a pitiful surrender to agitation, but my being aware of this had somehow no power to restore me.
Straightway, he now goes on to make a full confession; whereupon the mariners became more and more appalled, but still are pitiful.
babies' plaything of haughty Admirals, and Commodores, and Captains; the world brags of thee, of thy cunning and might; but what after all canst thou do, but tell the poor, pitiful point, where thou thyself happenest to be on this wide planet, and the hand that holds thee: no
When he came up to me and my companions he stood still and gave a pitiful look round upon us.
Such a pitiful beginning it was for their married life; they loved each other so, and they could not have the briefest respite
The poor victims of the sale, who had been brought up in one place together for years, gathered round the despairing old mother, whose agony was pitiful to see.
It is pitiful when a man bears a name for convenience merely, who has earned neither name nor fame.
It was pitiful to see a creature so terrified, so unnerved, so demoralized.