pitiable


piti·able

adjective \ˈpi-tē-ə-bəl\

: deserving pity or sympathy

Full Definition of PITIABLE

1
:  deserving or exciting pity :  lamentable <pitiable victims>
2
:  of a kind to evoke mingled pity and contempt especially because of inadequacy <a pitiable excuse>
piti·able·ness noun
piti·ably \-blē\ adverb

Examples of PITIABLE

  1. <the sales presentation was a pitiable display of ineptitude and disorganization>
  2. <a pitiable attempt at singing that generated snickers>

First Known Use of PITIABLE

15th century

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