- 1 making you feel sympathy or sadness synonym pitiful a pathetic and lonely old man The starving children were a pathetic sight.
- 2(informal) (disapproving) weak and not successful synonym feeble a pathetic excuse She made a pathetic attempt to smile. I know it sounds pathetic, but I can't ride a bike. You're pathetic!
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NAmE//pəˈθɛt̮ɪkli//adverb He cried pathetically. a pathetically shy woman