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Another word for pitiful

  1. Arousing or deserving pity

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  2. Feeling or expressing pity

Another word for pitiful

  1. Affecting

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