Arousing or deserving pity
It is a pathetic record.
The glow and the glamour of the Crusades disappear save for the pathetic sunset splendours of St Louis, as Dandolo dies, and gallant Villehardouin drops his pen.
There was a pathetic expression of sorrow, prayer, and hope in it.
There was something particularly pathetic and resolute in her face today.
The pathetic song of "Lochaber no more" was written by Allan Ramsay.