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PATHETIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pathetic mean? 

PATHETIC (adjective)
  The adjective PATHETIC has 3 senses:

1. deserving or inciting pity
2. inspiring mixed contempt and pity
3. inspiring scornful pity

  Familiarity information: PATHETIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PATHETIC (adjective)


Sense 1pathetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deserving or inciting pity

Synonyms:

hapless; poor; misfortunate; pathetic; piteous; pitiable; miserable; pitiful; wretched

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unfortunate (not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune)


Sense 2pathetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inspiring mixed contempt and pity

Synonyms:

pitiful; pitiable; pathetic

Context examples:

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

Similar:

contemptible (deserving of contempt or scorn)


Sense 3pathetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inspiring scornful pity

Synonyms:

ridiculous; pathetic; silly

Context example:

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

Similar:

undignified (lacking dignity)


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