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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.

Pitiful Quotations

These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly, waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity, sleeping in the cold night's arms.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.
Khalil Gibran

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
Maya Angelou

I've been to those places where it's 'poor, pitiful me.'
Dolly Parton

It is a natural virtue incident to our sex to be pitiful of those that are afflicted.
Elizabeth I
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Pitiful Translations

pitiful in Dutch is erbarmelijk, beklagenswaardig
pitiful in Spanish is lastimoso
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