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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 was due to both hunger and cold.The limping dog was a pathetic sight.
 
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; worthy of arousing scorn or ridicule.
You did a pathetic job of fixing this--look! It's still leaking!I've always been a pathetic housekeeper, so I finally hired a cleaner.Your attempts to get our sympathy is pathetic!He's pathetic at playing tennis; he's always hitting the ball straight over the fence.
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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