pitiful

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adjective piti·ful \ˈpi-ti-fəl\

Definition of pitiful

  1. 1 archaic :  full of pity :  compassionate

  2. 2a :  deserving or arousing pity or commiserationb :  exciting pitying contempt (as by meanness or inadequacy) pitiful wages

pitifully

play \ˈpi-ti-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

pitifulness

play \ˈpi-ti-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of pitiful in a Sentence

  1. She made a pitiful attempt to complete her work.

  2. that piece of junk is a pitiful excuse for a car

Recent Examples of pitiful from the Web

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14th Century

First Known Use of pitiful

14th century


PITIFUL Defined for English Language Learners

pitiful

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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

pitiful

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adjective piti·ful \ˈpi-ti-fəl\

Definition of pitiful for Students

  1. 1 :  deserving or causing feelings of pity a pitiful sight

  2. 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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