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Showing or resulting from contrition
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  1. Showing or resulting from contrition
  2. Arising from or expressing contrition:
  3. Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
Marked by or filled with remorse.
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  1. Marked by or filled with remorse.
  2. Expressing or caused by remorse.
  3. (Of a person) Feeling or filled with remorse.
Sorrowful about what has been lost or done.
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  1. Sorrowful about what has been lost or done.
  2. Full of regret; sorrowful or sorry.
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
Feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow.
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  1. Feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow.
  2. Producing sorrow; exciting grief; mournful; lamentable; grievous.
  3. Of a person, full of sorrow; exhibiting sorrow; sad; dejected; distressed; distraught.
Filled with despondency; dejected
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  1. Filled with despondency; dejected
  2. Feeling or expressing despondency; dejected.
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
Very small (of an amount or number).
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  1. Very small (of an amount or number).
  2. So appalling or sad that one feels or should feel sorry for it; eliciting pity.
  3. (Now rare) Feeling pity; merciful.
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:
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
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.
Causing grief:
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  1. Causing grief:
  2. Filled with or expressing grief; mournful.
  3. Full of or causing sorrow or sadness; mournful; melancholy
(Archaic) Painful
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  1. (Archaic) Painful
  2. Marked by or exhibiting sorrow, grief, or pain.
  3. Very sorrowful or sad; mournful
Causing suffering; hard to bear; severe
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  1. Causing suffering; hard to bear; severe
  2. Showing or characterized by grief
  3. Serious or dire; grave:
(Now Rare) Expressing sorrow; mournful
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  1. (Now Rare) Expressing sorrow; mournful
  2. Inspiring or deserving of lament or regret; deplorable or pitiable.
  3. To be lamented; grievous; deplorable; distressing
Causing or suggesting sadness or melancholy:
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  1. Causing or suggesting sadness or melancholy:
  2. Filled with grief or sadness; being in a state in which one mourns.
  3. Of or characterized by mourning; feeling or expressing grief or sorrow
Eliciting or deserving regret:
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  1. Eliciting or deserving regret:
  2. To be regretted; unfortunate
(Informal) Very bad; deplorable
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  1. (Informal) Very bad; deplorable
  2. Causing sorrow or gloom; depressing:
  3. Showing, expressing, or feeling sorrow or unhappiness:
Feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow.
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  1. Feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow.
  2. Producing sorrow; exciting grief; mournful; lamentable; grievous.
  3. Of a person, full of sorrow; exhibiting sorrow; sad; dejected; distressed; distraught.
Bringing calamity, distress, or affliction.
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  1. Bringing calamity, distress, or affliction.
  2. Affected by or full of woe; mournful:
  3. Pitiful; wretched; miserable
Causing grief:
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  1. Causing grief:
  2. Filled with or expressing grief; mournful.
  3. Full of or causing sorrow or sadness; mournful; melancholy
(Archaic) Painful
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  1. (Archaic) Painful
  2. Marked by or exhibiting sorrow, grief, or pain.
  3. Very sorrowful or sad; mournful
Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
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  1. Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
  2. Very sad or mournful, esp. in a way that seems exaggerated or ridiculous
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. Causing or suggesting sadness or melancholy:
  3. Feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sorrowful.
  1. Sounding sorrowful, mournful or melancholic.
  2. Expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad
(Informal) Very bad; deplorable
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  1. (Informal) Very bad; deplorable
  2. Causing sorrow or gloom; depressing:
  3. Showing, expressing, or feeling sorrow or unhappiness:
Feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow.
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  1. Feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow.
  2. Producing sorrow; exciting grief; mournful; lamentable; grievous.
  3. Of a person, full of sorrow; exhibiting sorrow; sad; dejected; distressed; distraught.
Of woeful appearance; looking sorrowful, mournful, or wretched
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  1. Of woeful appearance; looking sorrowful, mournful, or wretched
  2. Feeling, showing, or expressing deep sorrow, grief, or wretchedness:
  3. Filled with or deeply affected by woe.
Deplorably bad:
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  1. Deplorably bad:
  2. Pitiful; wretched; miserable
  3. Affected by or full of woe; mournful:
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