(comparative more pathetic, superlative most pathetic)
- Arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.
- The old man's pathetic pleas for forgiveness stirred the young man's heart.
- Arousing scornful pity or contempt, often due to miserable inadequacy.
- You can't even run two miles? That's pathetic.
- You're almost 26 years old and you still can't hold a real job? That's pathetic.
From Latin patheticus, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±Î¸Î·Ï„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (pathetikos, “subject to feeling, capable of feeling, impassioned"), from Ï€Î±Î¸Î·Ï„ÏŒÏ‚ (pathetos, “one who has suffered, subject to suffering"), from Ï€Î¬ÏƒÏ‡Ï‰ (paskho, “to suffer").