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pathetic -- as in: a pathetic attempt to insult me
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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.
  • 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

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  • 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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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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