Complete Definition of "pitiful"

English

Pronunciation
IPA|/ËpɪtÉflÌ©/
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Adjective
en-adj

  1. So appalling or sad that one feels or should feel sorry for it; eliciting pity.

#:Scotland has a pitiful climate.

  1. Very small (of an amount).

#:A pitiful number of students bothered to turn up.

Related terms
pitiable
pity

Translations

Dutch: zielig
French: pitoyable
Hebrew: ××¢×רר ר×××× /meÊ¿orer rÉḥÉmim/, ×¢×××
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Italian: pietoso
Spanish: lamentable

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