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pathetic

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1 deserving of one's pity
  • The plight of the homeless animals was quite pathetic.
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4 so foolish or pointless as to be worthy of scornful laughter
  • The pundit's latest book is another pathetic jumble of factual errors, half-baked political views, and baseless accusations.
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for the birds

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moving, impressive, poignant, affecting, touching, pathetic mean having the power to produce deep emotion. moving may apply to any strong emotional effect including thrilling, agitating, saddening, or calling forth pity or sympathy.
    • a moving appeal for contributions
impressive implies compelling attention, admiration, wonder, or conviction.
    • an impressive list of achievements
poignant applies to what keenly or sharply affects one's sensitivities.
    • a poignant documentary on the homeless
affecting is close to moving but most often suggests pathos.
    • an affecting deathbed reunion
touching implies arousing tenderness or compassion.
    • the touching innocence in a child's eyes
pathetic implies moving to pity or sometimes contempt.
    • pathetic attempts to justify misconduct


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