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From pity +‎ -ful.

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pitiful (comparative pitifuller, superlative pitifullest)

  1. (now rare) Feeling pity; merciful.
  2. So appalling or sad that one feels or should feel sorry for it; eliciting pity.
    Scotland has a pitiful climate.
  3. Of an amount or number: very small.
    A pitiful number of students bothered to turn up.

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