adjective \ˈpi-ti-fəl\

: 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

archaic :  full of pity :  compassionate
a :  deserving or arousing pity or commiseration
b :  exciting pitying contempt (as by meanness or inadequacy) <pitiful wages>
piti·ful·ly \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
piti·ful·ness \-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>

First Known Use of PITIFUL

14th century


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