Pitiful synonyms and antonyms

pĭt'ĭ-fəl

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Expressing, arousing, or intended to arouse pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion; pitiful
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Of poor quality; inferior:
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Suffering distress:
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Producing sorrow; exciting grief; mournful; lamentable; grievous.
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The definition of lamentable is something to view with regret or pity.
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The definition of deplorable is very bad, disgusting and wretched.
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Sharply painful to the feelings; piercing
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Causing anguish or deep distress; arousing deep sympathy.
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Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc.
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Feeling or expressing commiseration, compassion, pity or sympathy
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Feeling or expressing pity
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The definition of dismal is something that is gloomy that makes you feel sad.
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Dismal; dreary:
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Affecting
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Affecting
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Experiencing pain. syn.
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Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving:
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Bereft or deprived:
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Trashy, trivial, of little value
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(Obsolete) Contemptuous.
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Cheerful; willing:
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Being in or characterized by good spirits; merry.
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The definition of joyful is expressing delight or happiness.
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Feeling or expressing sympathy or pity:
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Sunk to or existing in a low condition, state, or position. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
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Said of weather and similar circumstances that are mild.
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(Obsolete) pitiable
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Of a leave, given to someone because of a domestic emergency.
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Deserving to be despised; contemptible
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Not harsh or severe in disciplining, punishing, judging, etc.; mild; merciful; clement
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(Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
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Full of mercy; having, feeling, or showing mercy; compassionate; lenient, clement, etc.
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Changing, or causing to change, place or position
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Pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
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Arousing or deserving of pity or compassion; lamentable.
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(Now Rare) Full of ruth; feeling, showing, or arousing pity or sorrow
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Alternative form of tenderhearted.
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Deplorably bad:
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Deeply distressed or unhappy; miserable; unfortunate
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Of unusually high quality; excellent:
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Above average in quality; excellent
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Outstandingly good of its kind; of exceptional merit, virtue, etc.
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Important or valuable enough to repay time or effort spent; of true value
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Wonderful is defined as an amazing, astonishing, excellent or enjoyable person, thing or event.
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Feeling or showing sorrow or pity; mournful
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Feeling or expressing pity
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Agreeably suited to one's disposition or mood; congenial:
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Arousing or deserving pity
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Devoid of talent or skill.
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Having suffered misfortune; pitiable
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Emotionally touching; evoking pity, sympathy, etc.
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The definition of mournful is feeling or expressing sorrow, grief or depression.
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Lacking cheer; depressing.
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Offering no comfort.
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Without joy; sullen, gloomy, dreary, etc.
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Provoking sadness and pity.
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Exciting strong feelings, as of inspiration; rousing.
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That or who arouses or arouse.
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That causes great grief, anguish or distress.
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Having or showing those positive aspects of nature and character regarded as distinguishing humans from other animals:
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Dramatic is defined as something that is like a play.
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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
Find another word for pitiful. In this page you can discover 73 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for pitiful, like: pathetic, miserable, sad, distressed, sorrowful, distressing, lamentable, deplorable, poignant, heart-rending and inadequate.