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 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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