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The Death of Ivan Ilych
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pathetic
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The Death of Ivan Ilych
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  • His son had always seemed pathetic to him, and now it was dreadful to see the boy’s frightened look of pity.
  • The look of hope with which Ivan Ilych watched the doctor out was so pathetic that Praskovya Fedorovna, seeing it, even wept as she left the room to hand the doctor his fee.

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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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