An example of pitiful is a stray dog.
Scotland has a pitiful climate.
A pitiful number of students bothered to turn up.
It was pitiful to see them, boys, put in the dancer.
"I deserve it," Toby said with a pitiful sigh.
What came out was a pitiful squawk.
After the failure of this attempt he was put to the most pitiful shifts to make a living.
Maslama brought back the rest of his army in a pitiful state, while the fleet, on its return, was partly destroyed by a violent tempest.