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Etymology edit

From Middle English pityful, piteful, piteeful, equivalent to pity +‎ -ful.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɪt.ɪ.fl̩/
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Adjective edit

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.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:lamentable
    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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Adverb edit

pitiful (comparative more pitiful, superlative most pitiful)

  1. (colloquial, dialect) In a pitiful manner; pitifully; piteously; pathetically.

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