Definition of pathetic
- the restaurant's pathetic service
The blind, old dog was a pathetic sight.
The team was pretty bad last year, but this year they're downright pathetic.
The story he told was a pathetic attempt to cover up a lie.
His car is a pathetic piece of junk.
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: causing feelings of sadness and sympathy
: very bad, poor, weak, etc.
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