- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus), adj. compassionate (See pity);deplorable, disreputable, pitiable, wretched; lamentable, piteous, paltry. See badness, contempt, disrepute.II(Roget's IV) modif.1. [Affecting]Syn. pathetic, pitiable, piteous, affecting, miserable, mournful, sad, sorrowful, woeful, distressed, distressing, cheerless, comfortless, lamentable, deplorable, joyless, dismal, touching, moving, stirring, arousing, poignant, heartbreaking, human, dramatic, tearful, heart-rending, depressing, afflicting, afflicted, suffering, poor, forlorn, wretched; see also sad 2 .Ant. happy*, cheerful, joyful.2. [Contemptibly inadequate]piteous stresses the nature of the thing calling for pity rather than its influence on the observer [piteous groans ]III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.pathetic, piteous, pitiable, miserable, wretched, sad, heartrending, heartbreaking, sorry, low, deplorable, grievous, lamentable.ANT.: happy, joyful, bright, humorousIV(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Arousing or deserving pity: pathetic, piteous, pitiable, poor, rueful, ruthful. See PITY. 2. Archaic. Feeling or expressing pity: commiserative, compassionate, condolatory, pitying, sympathetic. Archaic: piteous. See FEELINGS, PITY.
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pitiful — pitiful, piteous, pitiable are comparable but not always interchangeable when they mean arousing or deserving pity or compassion. Pitiful applies especially to what actually excites pity or, sometimes, commiseration because it is felt to be… … New Dictionary of Synonyms
Pitiful — Pit i*ful, a. 1. Full of pity; tender hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic. [1913 Webster] The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. James v. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion. [1913 Webster] A… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
pitiful — [pit′i fəl] adj. 1. arousing or deserving pity 2. deserving contempt; despicable 3. Archaic full of pity or compassion pitifully adv. pitifulness n. SYN. PITIFUL applies to that which arouses or deserves pity because it is sad, pathetic, etc.… … English World dictionary
pitiful — index deplorable, lamentable, paltry, poor (inferior in quality) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
pitiful — c.1300, compassionate (implied in pitifully), from PITY (Cf. pity) + FUL (Cf. ful). Sense of exciting or deserving pity is from mid 15c.; that of mean, wretched, contemptible is 1580s … Etymology dictionary
pitiful — [adj] in bad shape; poor abject, affecting, afflicted, arousing, base, beggarly, cheap, cheerless, comfortless, commiserative, compassionate, contemptible, deplorable, despicable, dismal, distressed, distressing, grievous, heartbreaking,… … New thesaurus
pitiful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) deserving or arousing pity. 2) very small or poor; inadequate. DERIVATIVES pitifully adverb pitifulness noun … English terms dictionary
pitiful — [[t]pɪ̱tɪfʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone or something that is pitiful is so sad, weak, or small that you feel pity for them. He sounded both pitiful and eager to get what he wanted... It was the most pitiful sight I had ever seen. Derived words:… … English dictionary
pitiful — pit|i|ful [ pıtıfl ] adjective 1. ) looking or sounding so unhappy that you feel sympathy and sadness: The scrawny little kitten looked so pitiful out in the rain. The refugee camp was a pitiful sight. 2. ) extremely bad: a pitiful performance a… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
pitiful — UK [ˈpɪtɪf(ə)l] / US adjective 1) looking or sounding so unhappy that you feel sympathy and sadness The scrawny little kitten looked so pitiful out in the rain. The refugee camp was a pitiful sight. 2) extremely bad a pitiful performance a… … English dictionary
pitiful — piteous, pitiable, pitiful All three words are recorded from Middle English and share the basic meaning ‘arousing pity’ and are to some extent interchangeable (as in The abandoned children were a piteous sight), although pitiful is the most… … Modern English usage