pitiful Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"pitiful" in British English

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pitifuladjective

uk   /ˈpɪt.i.fəl/  us   /ˈpɪt̬-/
making ​peoplefeelsympathy: The ​refugeesarriving 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   us   /-i/
pitifulness
noun [U] uk   us   /-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 ​oppositionparty.
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)
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