inspiring mixed contempt and pity;
"their efforts were pathetic"
"pitiable lack of character"
"pitiful exhibition of cowardice"
deserving or inciting pity;
"a hapless victim"
"miserable victims of war"
"the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"
"piteous appeals for help"
"pitiable homeless children"
"a pitiful fate"
"Oh, you poor thing"
"his poor distorted limbs"
"a wretched life"
- After the fire, everything was in a pitiable state.
- The sick cat was a pitiable sight.
- His heart softened at the pitiable sight.
A pitiable portrait of an ailing little boy.出自： V. S. Pritchett