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as in: Her pathetic look saddened us. Define
pitiful (arousing pity)
  • She was pathetic as she tried to salvage her dignity.
  • The shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic.

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  • I’m not that pathetic that I need empty compliments.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Whatever they thought Thurmond was like, whatever they believed I’d gone through, it was bad enough to mark me as pathetic in their eyes.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • How pathetic that I felt safer in someone else’s house than in my own, right?
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • I don’t let myself say to him what I’d like to, that he probably deserved whatever she did, but he’s just too pathetic-looking.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • I’m sorry if this sounds pathetic, but you know it’s true.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • He walked very slowly, and he had lost so much weight. It was pathetic, that’s what it was.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • If she pitied me, she might think that I was some pathetic creature who was going to try to drag her off and force her to be mine, like the Phantom of the Opera.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • He had seduced her with his pathetic tale of wandering through the camps as a child and had somehow enlisted her sympathy.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death

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  • GEORGE (To NICK): Let her go. (MARTHA slumps to the floor in a sitting position) She’ll be all right now.

    MARTHA (Pathetic): No; no, he is not dead; he is not dead.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • As we walked, we saw kids heading in the opposite direction, from a row of pathetic wood cabins.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • The PSF had slowed considerably, matching my pathetic pace.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • When kids did stage desperate, pathetic breakouts, it had been in small groups of Reds, Oranges, and Yellows.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • "The only other thing they coughed up was that if we hit Raleigh we’d gone too far south. And we had to beg for even that," Liam confessed. "It was really pathetic."
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Eventually, thanks to my sparkling charm and wit—and because I’m so pathetic you take pity on me—you let me buy you ice cream.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • "How do you not mean to do what you did? You hit me in the face over and over again. You dragged me around by my hair and ripped it out of my head. You... Do you remember it?" The last question is nothing more than a pathetic, strangled whisper.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • "I was invited," she says, not wanting to look pathetic, like she just showed up at Drew’s house hoping to see him because his parents were out of town...
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
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as in: a pathetic attempt to insult me Define
so bad it is laughable or contemptible -- possibly mixed with pity
  • The comment was out-of-character and seemed a pathetic attempt at trying to fit in.
  • Their efforts were pathetic.

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  • It’s a pathetic, short glass tumbler. Is he some sort of conservationist? I’m going to need about eighteen of those right now.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Julian started spreading this ridiculous rumor that Jack had hired some "hit man" to "get" him and Miles and Henry. This lie was so pathetic that people were actually laughing about him behind his back.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • A very pathetic, ill-prepared army, Thomas thought, but an army all the same.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • calling the governor ’a pathetic man with the morals of a streetwalker.’
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • I mean those particular cops were so dumb it was pathetic.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Pushing through the game comes a scrawny teen-age girl, dressed in an outfit that is a pathetic attempt to imitate that of the Jets.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • "This is pathetic," Fang whispered, and I turned to see him looking at a large cat, like a serval or a margay.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Maybe she had another weapon in her small pathetic arsenal.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death

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  • They’ve got such pathetic little lives.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • You’re pathetic if you think this thing between us was real.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Fortunately, since I was walking pathetically slowly to make the most of my stalking experience, I don’t end up face-first on the ground.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I’m glad I don’t gasp or anything equally pathetic because if I did, I’d probably have to cut off my balls and hand them to her.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Whining was pathetic, but hate got things done.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • We’ve fallen into an oddly domestic pattern and it’s kind of pathetic when you stop to think about why.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • She broke up with me and said I was everything she ever knew I was and that people were right, that she was pathetic for believing anything else.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • It just rings. When the recording finally kicks in, I hang up. It’s too pathetic to think about leaving him a message.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
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  • Our little backyard was dominated by my childhood swing set, which was looking pretty waterlogged and pathetic.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Or the pathetic Forsaken.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes

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  • You pathetic piece of filth!
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • He was so pathetic she couldn’t bring herself to yell at him.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Emily was huddled next to her mother, trying to look pathetic.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Better to treat it with contempt, like the pathetic lie it is.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Look at their pathetic attempts to simulate a complex global ecosystem in their backyard.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • In the end it’s a pathetic pile, maybe three hundred weapons in all, half of them rusted.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • But as if he senses my pathetic attempts at bravery, his hand squeezes, and pain lances through my skull.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Buying me a new phone we couldn’t afford was pathetic.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory

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  • I feel a little pathetic with him assisting me—I can walk on my own.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • I watch as the girl in the mirror stares back at me, sobbing pathetically.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • There were the few pathetic mementos of thirty years in other people’s homes.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Or was now pathetically languishing in a lunatic asylum, so that the use of the past tense is merely sorrowfully euphemistic?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Then he flashed a pathetic grin, his eyes settling on Thomas.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • It was, pathetically, all I wanted right then: a woman to fix me a sandwich and not ask me any questions.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I don’t need pathetic dancing-monkey scenarios to repeat to my friends; I am content with letting him be himself.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She let out the most pathetic whimper, like a dog that had been kicked.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Pathetic or not, at least they were smiles.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Which, pathetically enough, was true.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • My parents had been cool about the whole thing, but the reek of my pathetic was starting to make me sick.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Bronwyn hid Miss Peregrine inside her coat while Emma leapt off the wagon and did her best impression of a pathetic orphan.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He was, I suppose, my best friend, which is a less pathetic way of saying he was my only friend.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • It was cold, and I probably looked pathetic perched there eating my sandwiches, but I didn’t care.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "Everyone else looks pathetic," she lied.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • It’s pathetic in a grown man.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • Mrs Whatsit gave a deep and pathetic sigh.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Alice Evans was trying to make fire hydrants out of clay, which so far just looked like pathetic lumps.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • But then you hear how pathetic you sound, and your words trail off into silence, and your heart breaks.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The children pound their pathetic chests.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • It was all sad and rather pathetic and made Reed want that beer even more, because his neighborhood looked exactly the same as this one.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • They looked lopsided and pathetic in the center of the table.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • It would look pathetic, this sweating man with his many needling questions, and now having forgotten the central issue of food.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • A small Asian man, pathetic in his tan windbreaker, curled in a bellying pool of blood.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • There was something pathetic in his concentration, as if his complacency, more acute than of old, was not enough to him any more.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He is quite a child, not to say a pathetic-looking creature.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • There’s something pathetically childish in the ruins of grass walls.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • ’I hope the gentleman will understand that it isn’t my fault, sir?’ said Mrs. Mann, whimpering pathetically.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She struck Archer, of a sudden, as a pathetic and even pitiful figure.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • And now Myra is going to get pathetic on me because we don’t train with this millionaire outfit.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • A photograph of a forest clearing: pathetic new furrows straggling among stumps, a clumsy log cabin chinked with mud and roofed with hay.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • This Lizaveta was a dwarfish creature, "not five foot within a wee bit," as many of the pious old women said pathetically about her, after her death.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Fyodor Pavlovitch got excited and pathetic, though it was perfectly clear to every one by now that he was playing a part again.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • They marched in procession thus habited and heard a very pathetic sermon, followed by fine church music.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • He wondered if her current slumber was just a deception, a pathetic attempt to avoid further service to him.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • You can make yourselves sound like pathetic, cute little children so we’ll love you and be nice to you.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • An elderly man had come hurrying out of the cottage, banging the door behind him so that the dead snake swung pathetically.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • "Hedwig — Hedwig — " But the owl lay motionless and pathetic as a toy on the floor of her cage.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Could anything be more majestic, more pathetic, beautiful, true?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • JIMMY—(as if reminded of something—with a pathetic attempt at a brisk, no-more-nonsense air) Tomorrow, yes.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
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