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Considering the draws that Big Ten teams have been awarded, three Sweet 16 teams in two years amounts to a pitiful showing.

Zenon’s closing grabbed me by the back of the neck and forced me to look at the pitiful part of myself that thought I could get away from this without acknowledging the many forms and faces of pain.

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I think the pitiful play of the defense is the reason why the Niners lost that game and are such a disappointment this year.

Indeed, a jumping spider might consider our 210-degree field of view rather pitiful.

The number of diplomats was pitiful (45 appointees in 1860), as was the amount of money allocated to them.

Here, the time from exposure to illness is not years but days—and the death a rapid and pitiful one.

Even after Maggie and her father expose the affair and take their revenge, they seem more pitiful than triumphant.

This diatribe against the pitiful Washington Redskins summed it all up for their fans.

In losing, however, he will taint his possible rivals—including Rand Paul—as pitiful members of the "surrender caucus."

His pitiful heart deserted him at the very instant when he most needed its support.

He has been at once the author and the audience of the pitiful, unspeakable, long-drawn and far-stretched tragedy of earthly life.

They were about to make a fire and roast some of the flesh for dinner, when a pitiful cry was heard.

Tim looked at his mother and then at Eloise, whose pitiful face appealed to him strongly.

The pitiful, mean, low face and its frame of shock red hair did not appeal to Jessie.


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On this page you'll find 108 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to pitiful, such as: dismal, distressing, insignificant, lamentable, miserable, and paltry.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.