Origin of pathetic
Examples from the Web for pathetic
And we can listen to the pathetic, creepy bravado of a former vice president, wrong on nearly every decision he made.
But this had to be one of the most pathetic presidential wardrobes in American history.From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale|Martin Greenfield|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Telling people that you knew her when would just be pathetic.
Fortunately, they are drawn from a pathetic preterite far beneath the contempt of our cultural elite.
Conning people into buying a book to prepare for an "Ebola apocalypse" is not just irresponsible, it's pathetic.
Lucy's pathetic tones, which were fast degenerating into sobs, were agreeably interrupted.Love Me Little, Love Me Long|Charles Reade
I tried to recall my theory, and to close my eyes to the pathetic beauty of the face before me; but it was altogether in vain.The Doctor's Dilemma|Hesba Stretton
The Arabian tale of Muléykeh is the most perfect and pathetic piece in the volume.An Introduction to the Study of Browning|Arthur Symons
That sense of caveat donor was perhaps their most pathetic characteristic.The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete|Winston Churchill
The penetrating vibration of this rich and pathetic voice was a thing not easily to be forgotten.Sunrise|William Black
British Dictionary definitions for pathetic
Word Origin for pathetic
Word Origin and History for pathetic
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.