Meaning of “pitiful” in the English Dictionary

"pitiful" in British English

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pitifuladjective

uk /ˈpɪt.i.fəl/ us /ˈpɪt̬.i.fəl/
pitifully
adverb uk /ˈpɪt.i.fəl.i/ us /ˈpɪt̬.i.fəl.i/
pitifulness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈpɪt.i.fəl.nəs/ us /ˈpɪt̬.i.fəl.nəs/

(Definition of “pitiful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pitiful" in American English

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pitifuladjective

us /ˈpɪt̬·ɪ·fəl/ also pitiable, /ˈpɪt̬·i·ə·bəl/

Something described as pitiful is not considered to be satisfactory or deserving of respect:

The party is a pitiful example of an opposition party.
pitifully
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈpɪt̬·ɪ·fə·li, -fli/ also pitiably, /ˈpɪt̬·i·ə·bli/

I was pitifully ill-informed.

(Definition of “pitiful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)