- pathet lao,
- pathetic fallacy,
- pathfinder prospectus,
- pathfinder, the,
Origin of pathetic
Examples from the Web for pathetically
At what point does women being crass, loud, manish… unashamedly common and pathetically hungover [become] remotely humorous?
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.Joe Paterno Was a Dictator: Penn State Deserved Its Punishment|Buzz Bissinger|July 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I was always "too drunk" or "had to get up early" or—pathetically—"was injured during rugby."
Most pathetically, when first confronted by the Queen of Hearts, Alice does a face plant in the ground, out of fear and deference.
That fascinating, pathetically mobile face confronts my inner vision.Oswald Langdon|Carson Jay Lee
If I fail, then, as the lawyer once pathetically exclaimed, 'may my head forget the wig that covers it!'Modern Flirtations|Catherine Sinclair
With Mimi it was the fate of a child of the underworld—something to which she was pathetically resigned.The Devil|Joseph O'Brien
Pathetically counting on my spending the summer with her, she must now be told that I was about to sail for the Old World!A Daughter of the Middle Border|Hamlin Garland
But in the case of so negative and colourless a creature as Serena, they were pathetically devoid of result.The Far Horizon|Lucas Malet
Word Origin 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.