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pitiful

adjective uk   /ˈpɪt.i.fəl/ us    /ˈpɪt̬-/
making people feel sympathy: The refugees arriving at the camp had pitiful stories to tell.C2 used to say that you consider something to be very 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.
pitifully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
pitifulness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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