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as in:  Her pathetic look saddened us.

She was pathetic as she tried to salvage her dignity.
  pitiful (arousing pity)
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  • She was pathetic as she tried to salvage her dignity.
  • The shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic.
  • 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

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  • 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
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Associated words [difficulty]:   pathetic [1] , pathos [5]
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