pitiable

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pitiable

lamentable, wretched: a pitiable hovel
Not to be confused with:
pitiful – evoking or deserving pity: a pitiful leper
piteous – that which exhibits suffering and misery: piteous poverty

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.
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(7) The processes of interpretation and imagination allow the animals to gain a perspective of the pitiableness of puny man and his great delusion (that is he is master of the land and of others' access to it), as evident in their comments.
And yet it thrives, despite the pitiableness of words when it comes to dealing with sounds and abstract ideas, and despite the fact that there are no universal truths when it comes to art, only individual ones.
Long before the war - we're shown through Vladek's own descriptions - he strong-arms routinely, pressing some pigeons with righteousness, guilt-mongering others with his pitiableness. He can be charming, caressing, but his aim is always closing deals.