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pathetic

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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