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Pitiful synonyms

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Pitifully unsuccessful, ineffective, etc.
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  1. Pitifully unsuccessful, ineffective, etc.
  2. Arousing or deserving of sympathetic sadness and compassion:
  3. Expressing, arousing, or intended to arouse pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion; pitiful
That deserves, evokes or can be given pity; pitiful.
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  1. That deserves, evokes or can be given pity; pitiful.
  2. Arousing or deserving of pity or compassion; lamentable.
  3. Arousing or deserving pity, sometimes mixed with scorn or contempt
Arousing or deserving pity or compassion
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  1. Arousing or deserving pity or compassion
  2. Demanding or arousing pity:
  3. Pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
Inspiring or capable of inspiring strong emotion; moving.
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  1. Inspiring or capable of inspiring strong emotion; moving.
  2. Emotionally touching; evoking pity, sympathy, etc.
Bad; inferior; inadequate
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  1. Bad; inferior; inadequate
  2. Wretchedly inadequate:
  3. In a condition of misery; wretched, unhappy, suffering, etc.
Filled with grief or sadness; being in a state in which one mourns.
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  1. Filled with grief or sadness; being in a state in which one mourns.
  2. Having a sound, appearance, etc. that suggests sadness
  3. Of or characterized by mourning; feeling or expressing grief or sorrow
Causing sorrow or gloom; depressing:
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  1. Causing sorrow or gloom; depressing:
  2. Causing or characterized by dejection, melancholy, or sorrow
  3. Showing, expressing, or feeling sorrow or unhappiness:
Producing sorrow; exciting grief; mournful; lamentable; grievous.
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  1. Producing sorrow; exciting grief; mournful; lamentable; grievous.
  2. Feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow.
  3. Full of sorrow; feeling, causing, or expressing sorrow
  1. Wretched; paltry; poor
  2. Bringing calamity, distress, or affliction.
  3. Affected by or full of woe; mournful:
  1. Anxious or uneasy
  2. Intentionally marred or faded to convey an antique or used look:
  3. Full of distress; anxious, suffering, troubled, etc.
  1. Devoid of cheer; gloomy
  2. Not cheerful; dismal; joyless; dreary
  3. Lacking cheer; depressing.
To be lamented; grievous; deplorable; distressing
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  1. To be lamented; grievous; deplorable; distressing
  2. (Now Rare) Expressing sorrow; mournful
  3. Inspiring or deserving of lament or regret; deplorable or pitiable.
Wretched; bad:
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  1. Wretched; bad:
  2. Worthy of severe condemnation or reproach:
  3. That can or should be deplored; regrettable, wretched, very bad, etc.
Cheerless; dismal.
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  1. Cheerless; dismal.
  2. Without joy; unhappy, sad
Characterized by ineptitude, dullness, or a lack of merit:
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  1. Characterized by ineptitude, dullness, or a lack of merit:
  2. Causing gloom or misery; depressing
  3. Depressed; miserable
Provoking sadness and pity.
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  1. Provoking sadness and pity.
  2. Eliciting or capable of eliciting sympathy or tenderness.
  3. That touches the feelings; arousing tender emotion; affecting
That causes someone to feel emotion.
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  1. That causes someone to feel emotion.
  2. (no comparative or superlative) That moves or move.
  3. Changing or capable of changing position:
That stirs one's feelings; rousing
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  1. That stirs one's feelings; rousing
  2. Active; busy
  3. Exciting strong feelings, as of inspiration; rousing.
Sharply painful to the feelings; piercing
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  1. Sharply painful to the feelings; piercing
  2. Arousing deep emotion, especially pity or sorrow; touching:
  3. Evoking pity, compassion, etc.; emotionally touching or moving
That causes great grief, anguish or distress.
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  1. That causes great grief, anguish or distress.
  2. Producing a strong emotional reaction:
  3. Causing overwhelming grief or distress.
A member of the species Homo sapiens; a human being.
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  1. A member of the species Homo sapiens; a human being.
  2. Made up of humans:
  3. Subject to or indicative of the weaknesses, imperfections, and fragility associated with humans:
(Music) Having a powerful, expressive singing voice:
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  1. (Music) Having a powerful, expressive singing voice:
  2. Arresting or forceful in appearance or effect:
  3. Characterized by or expressive of the action or emotion associated with drama or the theater:
Filled with or accompanied by tears:
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  1. Filled with or accompanied by tears:
  2. Causing tears or apt to cause tears; sad; pathetic
  3. Accompanied by tears.
That causes great grief, anguish or distress
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  1. That causes great grief, anguish or distress
  2. Causing much grief or mental anguish
  3. Having a strong effect upon the emotions, inclining one to sadness or pity; heart-breaking.
Causing sadness, gloom, or dejection:
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  1. Causing sadness, gloom, or dejection:
  2. Causing especially emotional depression.
  3. Causing depression or sadness.
Experiencing pain. syn.
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Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable:
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  1. Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable:
  2. Lacking material possessions; having little or no means to support oneself; needy; impoverished
  3. Having insufficient wealth to meet the necessities or comforts of life or to live in a manner considered acceptable in a society.
Sad or lonely, especially from being deserted or abandoned:
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  1. Sad or lonely, especially from being deserted or abandoned:
  2. Without hope; desperate
  3. Lonely and sad; unhappy and neglected
Characterized by or causing distress or misery; dismal
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  1. Characterized by or causing distress or misery; dismal
  2. Characterized by or attended with misery or woe:
  3. Deeply distressed or unhappy; miserable; unfortunate
Of a poor or mean character; dismal:
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  1. Of a poor or mean character; dismal:
  2. Deeply distressed or unhappy; miserable; unfortunate
  3. Contemptible; despicable
Arousing or deserving of scornful pity.
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  1. Arousing or deserving of scornful pity.
  2. Arousing or deserving of sympathetic sadness and compassion:
  3. Expressing, arousing, or intended to arouse pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion; pitiful
Marked by meanness or lack of generosity; contemptible:
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  1. Marked by meanness or lack of generosity; contemptible:
  2. Practically worthless; trifling; insignificant; contemptible; petty
  3. Very small or inadequate in amount; negligible:
(Obs.) Contemptuous
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  1. (Obs.) Contemptuous
  2. Deserving of contempt or scorn; worthless; despicable
Arousing or deserving of sympathetic sadness and compassion:
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  1. Arousing or deserving of sympathetic sadness and compassion:
  2. Pitifully unsuccessful, ineffective, etc.
  3. Expressing, arousing, or intended to arouse pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion; pitiful
Arousing or deserving pity or compassion
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  1. Arousing or deserving pity or compassion
  2. Pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
  3. Demanding or arousing pity:
That deserves, evokes or can be given pity; pitiful.
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  1. That deserves, evokes or can be given pity; pitiful.
  2. Arousing or deserving of pity or compassion; lamentable.
  3. Arousing or deserving pity, sometimes mixed with scorn or contempt
Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving:
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  1. Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving:
  2. Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable:
  3. Not adequate in quality or quantity; inferior:
Inspiring pity or compassion.
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  1. Inspiring pity or compassion.
  2. Feeling or showing regret, esp. in an abashed way
  3. Causing, feeling, or expressing sorrow or regret:
Causing sorrow or pity.
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  1. Causing sorrow or pity.
  2. (Now Rare) Full of ruth; feeling, showing, or arousing pity or sorrow
Granted to an individual because of an emergency or other unusual circumstances:
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  1. Granted to an individual because of an emergency or other unusual circumstances:
  2. Feeling or showing compassion; sympathetic.
Relating to or acting on the sympathetic nervous system:
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  1. Relating to or acting on the sympathetic nervous system:
  2. Agreeably suited to one's disposition or mood; congenial:
  3. Emitting such vibrations:
Arousing or deserving pity or compassion
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  1. Arousing or deserving pity or compassion
  2. Pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
  3. (Archaic) Pitying; compassionate.

Synonym Study

  • Piteous stresses the nature of the thing calling for pity rather than its influence on the observer piteous groans
  • Pitiable emphasizes the deserving, rather than the arousing, of pity, and may also suggest a greater or lesser degree of contempt mingled with commiseration their situation was pitiable
  • Pitiful applies to that which arouses or deserves pity because it is sad, pathetic, etc. the suffering of the starving children was pitiful, but is often used now to imply contemptible inadequacy a pitiful amount
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