Pitiful Pit"i*ful, a. 1. Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic. [1913 Webster]

The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. --James v. 11. [1913 Webster]

2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion. [1913 Webster]

A thing, indeed, very pitiful and horrible. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable. [1913 Webster]

That's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Despicable; mean; paltry. See {Contemptible}. [1913 Webster] -- {Pit"i*ful*ly}, adv. -- {Pit"i*ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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