Definition of pitiable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪtiəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtiəbl//
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  1. 1deserving pity or causing you to feel pity The refugees were in a pitiable state. Her life was pitiable and sad.
  2. 2not deserving respect a pitiable lack of talent
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French piteable, from piteer ‘to pity’.Word Familypity noun verbpitiful adjectivepitiless adjectivepitiable adjectivepiteous adjective
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