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Dictionary definition for: Pathetic

1. (s) deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim" "miserable victims of war" "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help" "pitiable homeless children" "a pitiful fate" "Oh, you poor thing" "his poor d

2. (s) inspiring mixed contempt and pity; "their efforts were pathetic" "pitiable lack of character" "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"

3. (s) inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett

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