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Meaning of PATHETIC

Pronunciation:  pu'thetik

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett
  2. [adj]  inspiring mixed contempt and pity; "their efforts were pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful exhibition of cowardice"
  3. [adj]  deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "couldn't rescue the poor fellow"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
 

PATHETIC is a 8 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: contemptible, hapless, miserable, misfortunate, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, ridiculous, silly, undignified, unfortunate, wretched
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pa*thet"ic\, a. [L. patheticus, Gr. ?, fr. ?, ?, to
suffer: cf. F. path['e]tique. See {Pathos}.]
1. Expressing or showing anger; passionate. [Obs.]

2. Affecting or moving the tender emotions, esp. pity or
   grief; full of pathos; as, a pathetic song or story.
   ``Pathetic action.'' --Macaulay.

         No theory of the passions can teach a man to be
         pathetic.                             --E. Porter.

{Pathetic muscle} (Anat.), the superior oblique muscle of the
   eye.

{Pathetic nerve} (Anat.), the fourth cranial, or trochlear,
   nerve, which supplies the superior oblique, or pathetic,
   muscle of the eye.

{The pathetic}, a style or manner adapted to arouse the
   tender emotions.

 
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