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
Examples of pitiful in a sentence
She made a pitiful attempt to complete her work.
<that piece of junk is a pitiful excuse for a car>
First Known Use of pitiful
PITIFUL Defined for Kids
Definition of pitiful for Students
1 : deserving or causing feelings of pity <a pitiful sight>
2 : deserving or causing a feeling of dislike or disgust by not being sufficient or good enough <a pitiful excuse>
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