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pitiable

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of pitiable

  1. 1 arousing or deserving of one's loathing and disgust the sales presentation was a pitiable display of ineptitude and disorganization Synonyms of pitiable cheap, cruddy, deplorable, despicable, dirty, grubby, lame, lousy, mean, nasty, paltry, contemptible, pitiful, ratty, scabby, scummy, scurvy, sneaking, sorry, wretchedWords Related to pitiable abhorrent, abominable, condemnable, detestable, execrable, hateful, loathsome, odious; disgusting, reptilian, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, revulsive; discreditable, disgraceful, dishonorable, disreputable, ignominious, shameful; base, ignoble, low, shabby, sordid, squalid, vile; blamable, censurable, reprehensible, reproachable; cowardly, craven, dastardly; unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulousNear Antonyms of pitiable high-minded, honest, honorable, noble, principled, redoubtable, reputable, right-minded, scrupulous, upright; ethical, good, moral, right, righteous, virtuousAntonyms of pitiable admirable, commendable, creditable, laudable, meritorious, praiseworthy

  2. 2 deserving pitying scorn (as for inadequacy) a pitiable attempt at singing that generated snickers Synonyms of pitiable contemptible, despicable, miserable, pathetic, pitiful, sad, sorry, wretchedWords Related to pitiable 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 pitiable admirable, commendable, creditable, laudable, meritorious, praiseworthy, redoubtable; notable, noteworthy, noticeable, outstanding, reputable, worthy; excellent; flawless, perfect; honorable, noble; honest, straightAntonyms of pitiable decent, presentable, respectable

  3. 3 deserving of one's pity a pitiable, starving old dog Synonyms of pitiable heartbreaking, heartrending, miserable, piteous, pathetic, pitiful, poor, rueful, sorry, wretchedWords Related to pitiable deplorable, lamentable, regrettable; emotional, impressive, inspiring; affecting, moving, poignant, stirring, touching; awful, horrible, terrible; distressing, disturbing, upsetting; grievous, mournful, sad, sorrowful, woefulNear Antonyms of pitiable unimpressive, uninspiring

Synonym Discussion of pitiable

contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy mean arousing or deserving scorn. contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values.
    • a contemptible liar
despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation.
    • a despicable crime
pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity.
    • a pitiable attempt at tragedy
sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness.
    • this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car
scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust.
    • a scurvy crew of hangers-on

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