Pathetic

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

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

    Law dictionary

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 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,… …

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  • 8 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

  • 9 -pathetic — or pathic adj combining form • • • Main Entry: ↑ path …

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  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 pathetic — adj. 1) pathetic to + inf. (it was pathetic to watch her condition deteriorate day by day) 2) pathetic that + clause (it s pathetic that he has sunk so low) * * * [pə θetɪk] pathetic to + int. (it was pathetic to watch her condition deteriorate… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 pathetic — pa|thet|ic S3 [pəˈθetık] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: pathétique, from Latin, from Greek, from paschein to suffer ] 1.) something or someone that is pathetic is so useless, unsuccessful, or weak that they annoy you ▪ You re pathetic!… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 pathetic — pa|thet|ic [ pə θetık ] adjective * 1. ) useless or not effective in an annoying way: He made a pathetic attempt to explain his failure. That s the most pathetic excuse I ve ever heard. 2. ) if someone or something looks or sounds pathetic, you… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 pathetic */ — UK [pəˈθetɪk] / US adjective 1) useless or not effective in an annoying way That s the most pathetic excuse I ve ever heard. He made a pathetic attempt to explain his failure. 2) if someone or something looks or sounds pathetic, you feel sympathy …

    English dictionary

  • 16 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 …

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  • 17 pathetic — pathetically, adv. patheticalness, n. /peuh thet ik/ adj. 1. causing or evoking pity, sympathetic sadness, sorrow, etc.; pitiful; pitiable: a pathetic letter; a pathetic sight. 2. affecting or moving the feelings. 3. pertaining to or caused by… …

    Universalium

  • 18 pathetic — pa•thet•ic [[t]pəˈθɛt ɪk[/t]] alsopa•thet′i•cal adj. 1) causing or evoking pity, either sympathetically or contemptibly; pitiful: a pathetic sight; a pathetic return on our investment[/ex] 2) sad; sorrowful; mournful: a pathetic tone of… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 pathetic — adjective /pəˈθɛtɪk/ a) Arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion. The old man’s pathetic pleas for forgiveness stirred the young man’s heart. b) Arousing scornful pity or contempt, often due to miserable …

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  • 20 pathetic — adjective 1) a pathetic groan Syn: pitiful, pitiable, piteous, moving, touching, poignant, plaintive, distressing, upsetting, heartbreaking, heart rending, harrowing, wretched, forlorn See note at …

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