Someone who is pitiable is in such a sad or weak state that you feel pity for them. [WRITTEN]

Her grandmother seemed to her a pitiable figure.

Derived words:
pitiably [[t]pɪ̱tiəbli[/t]] ADV-GRADED ADV with v, ADV adj

Their main grievance was that they had not received their pitiably low pay...

She found Frances lying on the bed crying pitiably.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Pitiable — Pit i*a*ble, a. [Cf. OF. pitiable, F. pitoyable.] Deserving pity; wworthy of, or exciting, compassion; miserable; lamentable; piteous; as, pitiable persons; a pitiable condition; pitiable wretchedness. [1913 Webster] Syn: Sorrowful; woeful; sad.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pitiable — index deplorable, lamentable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pitiable — (adj.) mid 15c., from O.Fr. piteable (13c.; Mod.Fr. pitoyable), from piteer to pity (see PITY (Cf. pity)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pitiable — 1 piteous, *pitiful Analogous words: sad, depressed, dejected, melancholy (see corresponding nouns at SADNESS): forlorn, hopeless, despairing, desperate, *despondent 2 despicable, *contemptible, sorry, scurvy, cheap, beggarly, shabby Analogous… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pitiable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) deserving or arousing pity. 2) contemptibly poor or small. DERIVATIVES pitiably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • pitiable — [pit′ē ə bəl] adj. [ME piteable < MFr < pitier: see PITY] arousing or deserving pity, sometimes mixed with scorn or contempt SYN. PITIFUL pitiableness n. pitiably adv …   English World dictionary

  • pitiable — piteous, pitiable, pitiful All three words are recorded from Middle English and share the basic meaning ‘arousing pity’ and are to some extent interchangeable (as in The abandoned children were a piteous sight), although pitiful is the most… …   Modern English usage

  • pitiable — adjective Date: 15th century 1. deserving or exciting pity ; lamentable < pitiable victims > 2. of a kind to evoke mingled pity and contempt especially because of inadequacy < a pitiable excuse > Synonyms: see contemptible • pitiableness noun • …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pitiable — pitiableness, n. pitiably, adv. /pit ee euh beuhl/, adj. 1. evoking or deserving pity; lamentable: pitiable, homeless children. 2. evoking or deserving contemptuous pity; miserable; contemptible: a pitiable lack of character. [1425 75; late ME …   Universalium

  • pitiable — See pitiable, piteous …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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