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English definition of “pitiful”

pitiful

adjective     /ˈpɪt.i.fəl/ US  /ˈpɪt̬-/
making people feel sympathy : The refugees arriving at the camp had pitiful stories to tell .Sympathy and compassion C2 describes something that you consider is bad or not satisfactory or not enough: a pitiful state of affairs The amount of time and money being spent on researching this disease is pitiful.Useless and futile pitifully     /-i/ adverb pitifulness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Sympathy and compassion
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