Pathetic Definition

Expressing, arousing, or intended to arouse pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion; pitiful.
Webster's New World
Pitifully unsuccessful, ineffective, etc.
A pathetic performance.
Webster's New World
Arousing or deserving of scornful pity.
American Heritage
Of the emotions.
Webster's New World

Origin of Pathetic

  • From Latin patheticus, from Ancient Greek παθητικός (pathetikos, “subject to feeling, capable of feeling, impassioned"), from παθητός (pathetos, “one who has suffered, subject to suffering"), from πάσχω (paskho, “to suffer").

    From Wiktionary

  • French pathétique from Late Latin pathēticus from Greek pathētikos sensitive from pathētos liable to suffer from pathos suffering kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to pathetic using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With