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pathetic

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of pathetic

  1. 1 deserving of one's pity the plight of the homeless family was quite pathetic Synonyms of pathetic heartbreaking, heartrending, miserable, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, rueful, sorry, wretched Words Related to pathetic deplorable, lamentable, regrettable; emotional, impressive, inspiring; affecting, moving, poignant, stirring, touching; awful, horrible, terrible; distressing, disturbing, upsetting; grievous, mournful, sad, sorrowful, woeful Near Antonyms of pathetic unimpressive, uninspiring

  2. 2 causing unhappiness a pathetic story that made her cry Synonyms of pathetic depressing, dismal, drear, dreary, heartbreaking, heartrending, melancholy, mournful, sad, saddening, sorry, tearful, tearyWords Related to pathetic deplorable, distressful, grievous, lamentable, unfortunate, woeful; discomforting, discomposing, disquieting, distressing, disturbing, perturbing; affecting, moving, poignant, touching; discouraging, disheartening, dispiritingNear Antonyms of pathetic heartening, heartwarming, inspiring, stimulating, stirring, uplifting; agreeable, delightful, enjoyable, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, satisfying, welcome; exhilarating, thrillingAntonyms of pathetic cheering, cheery, glad, happy

  3. 3 deserving pitying scorn (as for inadequacy) the crowd mercilessly booed the boxer's pathetic performance Synonyms of pathetic contemptible, despicable, miserable, pitiful, pitiable, sad, sorry, wretchedWords Related to pathetic deplorable, discreditable, disgraceful, disreputable, ignominious, infamous, misbegotten, notorious, shameful; abhorrent, abominable, beastly, detestable, hateful, lousy, odious, stinking; bad, inferior, lame, poor; disgusting, dishonorable, shameful; meritless, unworthy, worthless; scandalous, shocking, sordid, unsavoryNear Antonyms of pathetic admirable, commendable, creditable, laudable, meritorious, praiseworthy, redoubtable; notable, noteworthy, noticeable, outstanding, reputable, worthy; excellent; flawless, perfect; honorable, noble; honest, straightAntonyms of pathetic decent, presentable, respectable

  4. 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 Synonyms of pathetic absurd, cockamamy (or cockamamie), comical, derisive, derisory, farcical, laughable, ludicrous, ridiculous, preposterous, risible, sillyWords Related to pathetic asinine, brainless, dumb, fatuous, foolish, half-baked, half-witted, harebrained, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), inane, jerky, moronic, nonsensical, simpleminded, stupid, unwise, weak-minded, witless; balmy, cockeyed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dotty, insane, kooky (also kookie), loony (also looney), lunatic, mad, nutty, screwball, senseless, wacky (also whacky); fantastic (also fantastical), far-fetched, inconceivable, incredible, unbelievable, unreal, unrealistic, unreasonable; illogical, irrationalNear Antonyms of pathetic earnest, serious, solemn; believable, conceivable, credible, logical, rational, realistic, reasonable, sensible

Synonym Discussion of pathetic

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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