pitiful

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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 ?
But a mob without any MAN at the head of it is BENEATH pitifulness.
She knew nothing about the pitifulness of people who had been ill and nervous and who did not know that they could control their tempers and need not make other people ill and nervous, too.
With delicate sarcasm he narrated the last weeks, the patience with which Cronshaw bore the well-meaning clumsiness of the young student who had appointed himself his nurse, and the pitifulness of that divine vagabond in those hopelessly middle-class surroundings.
He sees through them, and all that he sees is their frailty, their meagreness, their sordidness, their pitifulness.