Pitiful definition

pĭtĭ-fəl
Arousing or deserving pity.
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(archaic) Full of pity or compassion.
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(archaic) Filled with pity or compassion.
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Deserving contempt; despicable.
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Very small (of an amount or number).

A pitiful number of students bothered to turn up.

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Inspiring or deserving pity.
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Arousing contemptuous pity, as through ineptitude or inadequacy.
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The definition of pitiful is a person of thing for which one feels sorry.

An example of pitiful is a stray dog.

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(now rare) Feeling pity; merciful.
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So appalling or sad that one feels or should feel sorry for it; eliciting pity.

Scotland has a pitiful climate.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
pitiful
Comparative:
pitifuller
Superlative:
pitifullest

Origin of pitiful

  • From pity +"Ž -ful.

    From Wiktionary