pitiable

  • 1 Pitiable — Pit i*a*ble, a. [Cf. OF. pitiable, F. pitoyable.] Deserving pity; wworthy of, or exciting, compassion; miserable; lamentable; piteous; as, pitiable persons; a pitiable condition; pitiable wretchedness. [1913 Webster] Syn: Sorrowful; woeful; sad.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pitiable — index deplorable, lamentable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 pitiable — 1 piteous, *pitiful Analogous words: sad, depressed, dejected, melancholy (see corresponding nouns at SADNESS): forlorn, hopeless, despairing, desperate, *despondent 2 despicable, *contemptible, sorry, scurvy, cheap, beggarly, shabby Analogous… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 pitiable — 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 contemptible • pitiableness noun • …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 pitiable — pitiableness, n. pitiably, adv. /pit ee euh beuhl/, adj. 1. evoking or deserving pity; lamentable: pitiable, homeless children. 2. evoking or deserving contemptuous pity; miserable; contemptible: a pitiable lack of character. [1425 75; late ME <… …

    Universalium

  • 10 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

  • 11 pitiable — See pitiable, piteous …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 12 pitiable — pit|i|a|ble [ˈpıtiəbəl] adj formal making you feel pity ▪ the pitiable victims of war >pitiably adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 pitiable — pit|i|a|ble [ pıtiəbl ] adjective FORMAL making you feel sympathy and sadness: the pitiable conditions in the refugee camps ╾ pit|i|a|bly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 pitiable — adjective formal making you feel pity: refugees living in pitiable conditions pitiably adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 pitiable — UK [ˈpɪtɪəb(ə)l] / US adjective formal making you feel sympathy and sadness the pitiable conditions in the refugee camps Derived word: pitiably adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 16 pitiable — /ˈpɪtiəbəl / (say piteeuhbuhl) adjective 1. deserving to be pitied; such as justly to excite pity; lamentable; deplorable: *they – the men, anyway – were liable to heavy punishment if discovered. They were considered amusing and revolting, but… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 pitiable — adjective That which deserves, evokes or can be given pity, pitiful …

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  • 18 pitiable — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) , adj. miserable, paltry, wretched, deplorable;insignificant, woeful, pathetic. See badness, pain, pity, contempt. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Arousing or deserving pity: pathetic, piteous,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 pitiable —  , pitiful, pitiless, but piteous …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 20 pitiable — pit·i·a·ble || pɪtɪəbl adj. arousing compassion, moving; miserable, wretched; pitiful, pathetic …

    English contemporary dictionary