Definition for pathetic

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There are some mattresses on the ground and a pathetic amount of necessities.

From Vox

Part of the fun of declaring yourself being based is getting to label the other side as weak, wrong and pathetic — and, well, cringe.

This concept was just as sexist, but it at least recognized that women were powerful rather than pathetic.

From Time

The story Dobbs tells is, by turns, hilarious, pathetic and infuriating.

In the show, the joke is meant to be at Michael’s expense — look at this pathetic man, newly single and so desperate for love that he would settle for a woman he can’t even identify.

And we can listen to the pathetic, creepy bravado of a former vice president, wrong on nearly every decision he made.

But this had to be one of the most pathetic presidential wardrobes in American history.

Telling people that you knew her when would just be pathetic.

Fortunately, they are drawn from a pathetic preterite far beneath the contempt of our cultural elite.

Conning people into buying a book to prepare for an "Ebola apocalypse" is not just irresponsible, it's pathetic.

Tressan fell suddenly to groaning and wringing his hands a pathetic figure had it been less absurd.

The observer might well remain perplexed at the pathetic discord between human work and human wants.

It is curious to note children's first manifestations of a sense of the pathetic and the comic as represented in art.

He was fond of the pathetic, but the humorous moved him most, and his lively gifts were welcome wherever we went.

In spite of his brilliant career, Bernadotte must ever remain one of the most pathetic figures in history.


On this page you'll find 70 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to pathetic, such as: deplorable, feeble, heartbreaking, miserable, pitiful, and poignant.

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