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
Recent Examples of pitiful from the Web
But the third fight resulted in a pitiful decision.
Tens of thousands of refugees remain stranded in Greece, some in truly pitiful conditions.
The character of Flounder — whose appearance is so pitiful that the older members of Delta Tau Chi pelt a picture of him with beer cans when he is suggested as a pledge — is one of the film’s most reliable sources of comic relief.
Their record in the former quarters at Turner Field on the south side of the city was dreadful: 68-106, a pitiful winning percentage of .391.
But there also must have been some pitiful, uninspiring politicians vying for office.
There has been plenty to disappoint Spurs fans this season: a pitiful European campaign (which also seemed to fatally damage league form in the fall), another FA Cup semifinal defeat and, probably, another near miss in the title race.
At a time when dam construction in Ethiopia threatens to cut the river’s flow—at least temporarily—the lifeblood of the pharaohs might soon be reduced to a pitiful dribble.
Scaramucci has a plan for winning over the pitiful wretches, however.
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First Known Use of pitiful
PITIFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pitiful for English Language Learners
: deserving or causing feelings of pity or sympathy
: causing feelings of dislike or disgust by not being enough or not being good enough
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
pitifully\-fə-lē, -flē\ adverb
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