pitiable

adjective piti·able \ ˈpi-tē-ə-bəl \
Updated on: 6 May 2018

Definition of pitiable

1 : deserving or exciting pity : lamentable
  • pitiable victims
2 : of a kind to evoke mingled pity and contempt especially because of inadequacy
  • a pitiable excuse

pitiableness

noun

pitiably

play \ˈpi-tē-ə-blē\ adverb

Examples of pitiable in a Sentence

  1. the sales presentation was a pitiable display of ineptitude and disorganization

  2. a pitiable attempt at singing that generated snickers

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First Known Use of pitiable

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

PITIABLE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pitiable for English Language Learners

  • : deserving pity or sympathy


PITIABLE Defined for Kids

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