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adjective (UNSUCCESSFUL)    /pəˈθet.ɪk/ US  /-ˈθet̬-/ disapproving
C2 making someone feel no respect, often because unsuccessful or showing no ability, effort, or bravery: a pathetic attempt/joke/excuse Are you telling me you're frightened to speak to her? Don't be so pathetic!Useless and futileNot of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for bad 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
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