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Word: pathetic

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  • adj deserving or inciting pity
    Examples
    • a hapless victim
    • miserable victims of war
    • the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic
    • piteous appeals for help
    • pitiable homeless children
    • a pitiful fate
    • Oh, you poor thing
    • his poor distorted limbs
    • a wretched life
  • adj inspiring mixed contempt and pity
    Synonyms

    pitiable, pitiful

    Examples
    • their efforts were pathetic
    • pitiable lack of character
    • pitiful exhibition of cowardice
  • adj inspiring scornful pity
    Synonyms

    ridiculous, silly

    Examples
    • how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years
Definitions are taken from Princeton’s WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2010