Definition of pitifully adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pitifully

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪtɪfəli//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtɪfəli//
     
     
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  1. 1in a way that deserves pity or causes you to feel pity synonym pathetically (1) The dog was whining pitifully. She was pitifully thin.
  2. 2in a way that does not deserve respect The team played pitifully last year. The fee is pitifully low.