Adjective "Pitiful" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Deserving or arousing pity.
  1. 'These two wounded souls conduct a strange, exhilarating, pitiful love affair, with a tragic outcome.'
  2. 'He presented such a pathetically pitiful creature, I wanted to kill him.'
  3. 'He asked, ‘Why do you sacrifice yourself for these pitiful, pathetic creatures?’'
  4. 'I was summoned by pitiful cat wails to find a moving ‘lump’ rummaging around in a vain attempt at escape.'
  5. 'Annabelle felt sorry for the pitiful sight a death had caused a girl who used to be attractive and envied.'
  6. 'It's pitiful, yet she doesn't want to be pitied, so what do I do?'
  7. 'It implied, moreover, that the strikers were pitiful wretches whose problems should be addressed through social uplift or charity.'
  8. 'The answer was so pathetic and pitiful that there was no way I could reveal it.'
  9. 'It was pitiful… I almost felt sorry for him, until I heard Girl call him ‘Mister President,’ and then I felt ashamed.'
  10. 'I couldn't face the DVD extras, I could only lament the loss of an hour-and-a-half of my already pitiful life.'
Very small or poor; inadequate.
  1. 'I'm sorry, your pitiful arguments just do not hold up in the face of facts like this.'
  2. 'It has a few pitiful wretches for clubs, places which would, in Manchester, have been put out of their misery long ago.'
  3. 'His pitiful attempt at explaining failed miserably, although he was too ignorant to notice it.'
  4. 'The journey only made him seem pitiful and insignificant in the general scheme of things.'
  5. 'In a pitiful attempt to recover from the picture-posting fiasco I shall share some interesting information with you.'
  6. 'In a pitiful and pathetic attempt to get his party re-elected, he has disgraced your wonderful country.'
  7. 'Minerva's pitiful attempts at music making leave her envious of those with perfect pitch.'
  8. 'Pathetic deaths and pitiful rhymes also characterized much of the poetry written about newsboys during this period.'
  9. 'Along the way, you've got lots of pitiful attempts at push-back spin from administration officials who won't give their name.'
  10. 'Research is pitiful, as are the attempts to provide references and a detailed bibliography of sources.'


1. evoking or deserving pity: a pitiful fate.

2. evoking or deserving contempt by smallness, poor quality, etc.: pitiful attempts.

3. Archaic. full of pity; compassionate.

More examples(as adjective)

"upbringings can be pitiful to series."

"upbringings can be pitiful on marches."

"upbringings can be pitiful from people."

"sights can be pitiful."

"states can be pitiful."

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