pathetic
adjective Etymology: Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French pathetique, from Late Latin patheticus, from Greek pathētikos capable of feeling, pathetic, from paschein (aorist pathein) to experience, suffer — more at pathos Date: 1598 1. having a capacity to move one to either compassionate or contemptuous pity 2. marked by sorrow or melancholy ; sad 3. pitifully inferior or inadequate <
the restaurant's pathetic service
>
4. absurd, laughable <
a pathetic costume
>
Synonyms: see movingpathetical adjectivepathetically adverb

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  • Pathetic — Pa*thet ic, a. [L. patheticus, Gr. ?, fr. ?, ?, to suffer: cf. F. path[ e]tique. See {Pathos}.] 1. Expressing or showing anger; passionate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Affecting or moving the tender emotions, esp. pity or grief; full of pathos; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pathetic — [pə thet′ik] adj. [LL patheticus < Gr pathētikos, akin to pathos, suffering, PATHOS] 1. expressing, arousing, or intended to arouse pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion; pitiful 2. pitifully unsuccessful, ineffective, etc. [a pathetic… …   English World dictionary

  • pathetic — (adj.) 1590s, affecting the emotions, exciting the passions, from M.Fr. pathétique moving, stirring, affecting (16c.), from L.L. patheticus, from Gk. pathetikos sensitive, capable of emotion, from pathetos liable to suffer, verbal adj. of pathein …   Etymology dictionary

  • pathetic — in its modern informal meaning ‘inadequate, feeble’, has compromised the primary (and by no means derogatory) meaning ‘arousing pity or sadness’ to the extent that a statement such as The play opens with a pathetic speech is likely to be… …   Modern English usage

  • pathetic — index deplorable, disconsolate, lamentable, paltry Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pathetic — poignant, affecting, *moving, touching, impressive Analogous words: *pitiful, piteous, pitiable: plaintive, *melancholy, doleful Antonyms: comical …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pathetic — [adj] sad, affecting commiserable, deplorable, distressing, feeble, heartbreaking, heartrending*, inadequate, lamentable, meager, melting, miserable, moving, paltry, petty, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, plaintive, poignant, poor, puny, rueful,… …   New thesaurus

  • pathetic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) arousing pity. 2) informal miserably inadequate. 3) archaic relating to the emotions. DERIVATIVES pathetically adverb. ORIGIN Greek path tikos sensitive , from pathos suffering …   English terms dictionary

  • -pathetic — or pathic adj combining form • • • Main Entry: ↑ path …   Useful english dictionary

  • pathetic — 01. My tennis serve is [pathetic]; I really have to work on it. 02. The baby was sick for the first few days after it was born, and was [pathetically] small and weak. 03. The little dog looked [pathetic] waiting outside in the pouring rain. 04.… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • pathetic — [[t]pəθe̱tɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe a person or animal as pathetic, you mean that they are sad and weak or helpless, and they make you feel very sorry for them. ...a pathetic little dog with a curly tail... The small group of… …   English dictionary

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