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Definition of pitiful:

  1. Full of pity; tender- hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic.
  2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.
  3. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable.

Synonyms:

perturbing, sorrowful, distressful, dreary, ugly, meritless, worthless, short, silly, heartbreaking, base, condolatory, pitiable, moving, pathetic, distressed, woeful, measly, suffering, cheerless, unfortunate, lamentable, touching, low-down, dismal, troubling, commiserative, joyless, inadequate, no-account, drab, happy, worrying, worrisome, regretful, cheerful, grim, distressing, bad, depressing, blue, drear, human, sympathetic, vicious, stirring, compassionate, affecting, reprehensible, scurvy, contemptible, wretched, disturbing, dingy, no-good, poignant, dramatic, low, good-for-naught, despicable, abject, scummy, execrable, feelings, piteous, pitying, vile, hapless, disconsolate, rueful, pity, afflicted, poor, sad, good-for-nothing, paltry, slimy, deplorable, dark, ridiculous, criminal, ruthful, mournful, sorry, tearful, comfortless, gloomy, unworthy, misfortunate, miserable, woful, no-count, condemnable.

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