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pitiful

pit·i·ful

pitiful

pronunciation:
pI tih fl
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: worthy of or inspiring pity or sympathy; pitiable.
The cries of the hungry children were pitiful.
synonyms:
pathetic, piteous, pitiable
similar words:
deplorable, heartbreaking, heartrending, measly, miserable, moving, poignant, poor, rueful, sorry, touching
definition 2: worthy of scorn or criticism; paltry.
His pitiful attempt at humor failed miserably.
synonyms:
beggarly, contemptible, deplorable, measly, paltry, pathetic, pitiable, scurvy, sorry, vile
antonyms:
awe-inspiring
similar words:
abject, dismal, insignificant, lamentable, miserable, poor, trifling, trivial, wretched
derivations: pitifully (adv.), pitifulness (n.)