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pathetic
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War and Peace
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  • The count is pathetic, they say.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He seemed altogether so thin, small, and pathetic.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • There was a pathetic expression of sorrow, prayer, and hope in it.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • There was something particularly pathetic and resolute in her face today.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • And a joyful yet pathetic expression which seemed to beg forgiveness for her joy settled on Natasha's face.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "My dear friend?" said she, in a tone of pathetic inquiry, prepared to sympathize in any way.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "I love you all, and have done no harm to anyone; and what have you done to me?"—said her charming, pathetic, dead face.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He fancied he saw something pathetically innocent in that frightened, sickly little face.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • All this naked white human flesh, laughing and shrieking, floundered about in that dirty pool like carp stuffed into a watering can, and the suggestion of merriment in that floundering mass rendered it specially pathetic.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Anna Mikhaylovna indicated by her attitude her consciousness of the pathetic importance of these last moments of meeting between the father and son.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "Peter Kirilovich, come here! We have recognized you," he now seemed to hear the words she had uttered and to see before him her eyes, her smile, her traveling hood, and a stray lock of her hair… and there seemed to him something pathetic and touching in all this.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The mistress rocked and hushed her baby and when anyone came into the cellar asked in a pathetic whisper what had become of her husband who had remained in the street.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Prince Vasili, who having obtained a new post and some fresh decorations was particularly proud at this time, seemed to him a pathetic, kindly old man much to be pitied.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • As to the last meeting between father and son, it was so touching that she could not think of it without tears, and did not know which had behaved better during those awful moments—the father who so remembered everything and everybody at last and had spoken such pathetic words to the son, or Pierre, whom it had been pitiful to see, so stricken was he with grief, though he tried hard to hide it in order not to sadden his dying father.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • When Pierre reached the fire and heard Platon's voice enfeebled by illness, and saw his pathetic face brightly lit up by the blaze, he felt a painful prick at his heart.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "But a very kind man, Prince," said Anna Mikhaylovna with a pathetic smile, as though she too knew that Count Rostov deserved this censure, but asked him not to be too hard on the poor old man.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: Her pathetic look saddened us.
as in: a pathetic attempt to insult me
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