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pathetic

pa·thet·ic

pathetic

 
 
pronunciation:
p the tihk
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, or tender concern.
the baby's pathetic wailing
 
synonyms:
affecting, moving, pitiable, pitiful, plaintive, poignant, touching
similar words:
distressing, doleful, dolorous, heartbreaking, heartrending, lamentable, mournful, piteous, rueful, sad, sorrowful, tearful, wretched
definition 2: miserably ineffective or inadequate.
a pathetic housekeeper
synonyms:
awful, crummy, lousy, pitiable, pitiful, terrible, wretched
similar words:
contemptible, inadequate, insufficient, meager, measly, miserable, paltry
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derivation: pathetically (adv.)
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