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pathetic — as in:  Her pathetic look saddened us.

She was pathetic as she tried to salvage her dignity.
pitiful (arousing pity)
pathetic — as in:  a pathetic attempt to insult me

The comment was out-of-character and seemed a pathetic attempt at trying to fit in.
so bad it is laughable or contemptible — possibly mixed with pity
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