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Definitions and Synonyms of pathetic | Another word for pathetic | What is pathetic?

Definition 1: inspiring mixed contempt and pity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pathetic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • their efforts were pathetic
  • pitiable lack of character
  • pitiful exhibition of cowardice

Synonyms for pathetic in the sense of this definition

(pathetic is similar to ...) deserving of contempt or scorn

Definition 2: inspiring scornful pity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pathetic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years

Synonyms for pathetic in the sense of this definition

(pathetic is similar to ...) lacking dignity

Definition 3: deserving or inciting pity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pathetic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for pathetic in the sense of this definition

(pathetic is similar to ...) not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune

"an unfortunate turn of events" "an unfortunate decision" "unfortunate investments" "an unfortunate night for all concerned"

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