Has anyone else noticed how pathetically frightened the Republican Party is that Obamacare just might succeed?
The priorities were terribly and pathetically misplaced as they are at too many American universities.
I was always "too drunk" or "had to get up early" or—pathetically—"was injured during rugby."
At what point does women being crass, loud, manish… unashamedly common and pathetically hungover [become] remotely humorous?
Most pathetically, when first confronted by the Queen of Hearts, Alice does a face plant in the ground, out of fear and deference.
Evidently she was not quite so pathetically helpless as he had supposed the afternoon before.
He stared wide-eyed at Mr. Perkins, questioning him dumbly, pathetically.
Miss Jemima pathetically entreated that he would at least wear gloves.
Many of them are pathetically eager to learn and have no opportunity to do so.
And her voice sank into a solemn whisper, pathetically ludicrous.
1590s, "affecting the emotions, exciting the passions," from Middle French pathétique "moving, stirring, affecting" (16c.), from Late Latin patheticus, from Greek pathetikos "subject to feeling, sensitive, capable of emotion," from pathetos "liable to suffer," verbal adjective of pathein "to suffer" (see pathos). Meaning "arousing pity, pitiful" is first recorded 1737. Colloquial sense of "so miserable as to be ridiculous" is attested from 1937. Related: Pathetical (1570s); pathetically. Pathetic fallacy (1856, first used by Ruskin) is the attribution of human qualities to inanimate objects.