1. [ adjective ] inspiring mixed contempt and pity
Synonyms: pitiful pitiable

"their efforts were pathetic" "pitiable lack of character" "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"

Related terms: contemptible
2. [ adjective ] deserving or inciting pity
Synonyms: poor piteous miserable hapless wretched pitiable pitiful misfortunate

"a hapless victim" "miserable victims of war" "piteous appeals for help" "pitiable homeless children" "a pitiful fate" "couldn't rescue the poor fellow" "his poor distorted limbs" "a wretched life"

Related terms: unfortunate
3. [ adjective ] inspiring scornful pity
Synonyms: ridiculous silly

"how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett

Related terms: undignified