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  • After Sarah was restored, we still had to break it to the other eight; and it produced various effects upon them of a most pathetic nature.
  • ’No, no, no!’ returned the Doctor, in a tone of most pathetic grief.

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  • She was so pathetic in her sobbing and bewailing, that I felt as if I had said I don’t know what to hurt her.
  • His bowed head, and her angel-face and filial duty, derived a more pathetic meaning from it than they had had before.
  • He got Mr. Peggotty to sing, or rather to roar, ’When the stormy winds do blow, do blow, do blow’; and he sang a sailor’s song himself, so pathetically and beautifully, that I could have almost fancied that the real wind creeping sorrowfully round the house, and murmuring low through our unbroken silence, was there to listen.

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as in: Her pathetic look saddened us. Define
pitiful (arousing pity)
as in: a pathetic attempt to insult me Define
so bad it is laughable or contemptible -- possibly mixed with pity
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