- The definition of pathetic is someone or something that brings or is capable of bringing about feelings of pity or sorrow.
- An example of pathetic is a dog with mange.
- An example of pathetic is a Broadway actor forgetting their lines while on stage.
- expressing, arousing, or intended to arouse pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion; pitiful
- pitifully unsuccessful, ineffective, etc.: a pathetic performance
- of the emotions
Origin of patheticLate Latin patheticus ; from Classical Greek pathētikos, akin to pathos, suffering, pathos
- Arousing or deserving of sympathetic sadness and compassion: “The old, rather shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic” (John Galsworthy).
- Arousing or deserving of scornful pity.
Origin of patheticFrench pathétique, from Late Latin pathēticus, from Greek pathētikos, sensitive, from pathētos, liable to suffer, from pathos, suffering; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.
(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").