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Meaning of PITIFUL

Pronunciation:  'pitiful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  inspiring mixed contempt and pity; "their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"
  2. [adj]  deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "couldn't rescue the poor fellow"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
  3. [adj]  bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs"

PITIFUL is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: bad, contemptible, deplorable, distressing, hapless, lamentable, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, poor, sad, sorry, unfortunate, wretched



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pit"i*ful\, a.
1. Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind;
   merciful; sympathetic.

         The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
                                               --James v. 11.

2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.

         A thing, indeed, very pitiful and horrible.

3. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable;
   paltry; contemptible; despicable.

         That's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition
         in the fool that uses it.             --Shak.

Syn: Despicable; mean; paltry. See {Contemptible}. --
     {Pit"i*ful*ly}, adv. -- {Pit"i*ful*ness}, n.

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