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
Cleveland’s turbulent regular seasons the last three years have been overshadowed by a pitiful conference that can be dominated in the playoffs and the most improbable Finals comeback of all time.
I have been assumed thug, robber, dangerous, stupid, poor and pitiful because of the color of my skin.
Reeves’s vision of the aftermath, in Dawn, was so surprising and effective because of how verdant the world looked—with human influence receding, nature became overgrown and lush, and forests reclaimed all of the pitiful manmade infrastructure.
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.
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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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