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pathetic

adjective (SAD)    /pəˈθet.ɪk/ US  /-ˈθet̬-/
C2 causing feelings of sadness , sympathy , or sometimes lack of respect , especially because a person or an animal is suffering : The refugees were a pathetic sight - starving , frightened and cold . After the accident he became a pathetic figure , a shadow of his former self . → See also pathosSympathy and compassion pathetically     /-ɪ.kəl.i/ adverb Other former captives spoke of pathetically inadequate food rations . My parents ' advice on sex was pathetically inadequate .Sympathy and compassionUseless and futile
(Definition of pathetic adjective (SAD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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