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pitiable

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adjective piti·able \ˈpi-tē-ə-bəl\

Simple Definition of pitiable

  • : deserving pity or sympathy

Full Definition of pitiable

  1. 1 :  deserving or exciting pity :  lamentable <pitiable victims>

  2. 2 :  of a kind to evoke mingled pity and contempt especially because of inadequacy <a pitiable excuse>

piti·able·ness noun
piti·ably play \-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>



15th Century

First Known Use of pitiable

15th century

Synonym Discussion of pitiable

contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy mean arousing or deserving scorn. contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values <a contemptible liar>. despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation <a despicable crime>. pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity <a pitiable attempt at tragedy>. sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness <this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car>. scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust <a scurvy crew of hangers-on>.


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