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pitiful

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adjective piti·ful \ˈpi-ti-fəl\

Simple Definition of pitiful

  • : deserving or causing feelings of pity or sympathy

  • : causing feelings of dislike or disgust by not being enough or not being good enough

Full Definition of pitiful

  1. 1 archaic :  full of pity :  compassionate

  2. 2 a :  deserving or arousing pity or commiseration b :  exciting pitying contempt (as by meanness or inadequacy) <pitiful wages>

piti·ful·ly play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
piti·ful·ness play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of pitiful

  1. She made a pitiful attempt to complete her work.

  2. <that piece of junk is a pitiful excuse for a car>



14th Century

First Known Use of pitiful

14th century


PITIFUL Defined for Kids

pitiful

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adjective piti·ful \ˈpi-ti-fəl\

Definition of pitiful

  1. 1 :  deserving or causing feelings of pity <a pitiful sight>

  2. 2 :  deserving or causing a feeling of dislike or disgust by not being sufficient or good enough <a pitiful excuse>

piti·ful·ly \-fə-lē, -flē\ adverb




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