pitiably


pitiably

adjective

  1. evoking or deserving pity; lamentable: pitiable, homeless children.
  2. evoking or deserving contemptuous pity; miserable; contemptible: a pitiable lack of character.

adjective

  1. exciting or deserving pity or contempt

adj.mid-15c., “merciful, compassionate,” from Old French piteable “compassionate, merciful, pious” (13c.; Modern French pitoyable), from piteer “to pity” (see pity). Meaning “deserving pity” is recorded from late 15c. Related: Pitiably.

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