adjective Date: 15th century 1. deserving or exciting pity ; lamentable <
pitiable victims
2. of a kind to evoke mingled pity and contempt especially because of inadequacy <
a pitiable excuse
Synonyms: see contemptiblepitiableness nounpitiably adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • pitiable — (adj.) mid 15c., from O.Fr. piteable (13c.; Mod.Fr. pitoyable), from piteer to pity (see PITY (Cf. pity)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • pitiable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) deserving or arousing pity. 2) contemptibly poor or small. DERIVATIVES pitiably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • pitiable — [pit′ē ə bəl] adj. [ME piteable < MFr < pitier: see PITY] arousing or deserving pity, sometimes mixed with scorn or contempt SYN. PITIFUL pitiableness n. pitiably adv …   English World dictionary

  • pitiable — piteous, pitiable, pitiful All three words are recorded from Middle English and share the basic meaning ‘arousing pity’ and are to some extent interchangeable (as in The abandoned children were a piteous sight), although pitiful is the most… …   Modern English usage

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  • pitiable — [[t]pɪ̱tiəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is pitiable is in such a sad or weak state that you feel pity for them. [WRITTEN] Her grandmother seemed to her a pitiable figure. Syn: pitiful Derived words: pitiably [[t]pɪ̱tiəbli[/t]] ADV GRADED ADV… …   English dictionary

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