- evoking or deserving pity; lamentable: pitiable, homeless children.
- evoking or deserving contemptuous pity; miserable; contemptible: a pitiable lack of character.
Origin of pitiable
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Examples from the Web for pitiable
The pitiable last photo of the naked megastar projected into the courtroom as Rogers testified is unforgettable.The Fight Over Jackson's Health
October 12, 2011
Amy is, at most, a pitiable woman trapped in a marriage that she has no idea how to fix.The Power of 'Straw Dogs'
September 19, 2011
All around us, pundits spend their time bemoaning the pitiable state of men.Are Men So Badly Off?
September 16, 2011
Eerie orange cones captured in an aerial photograph will show each precise spot where a part of this pitiable child came to rest.The Case Against Casey
May 22, 2011
The condition in which I was now placed rendered me indeed a pitiable object.Biography of a Slave
Let me tell you that your poor uncle is pitiable in his foolishness this morning.
I am not a majestic man, but a pitiable and ridiculous one!'Father Sergius
The thing seemed to me altogether so pitiable—and yet—and yet, I had sworn.The First Violin
He limped along in such a pitiable state that Jean's sympathy was aroused.The Downfall
- exciting or deserving pity or contempt
Word Origin and History for pitiable
mid-15c., "merciful, compassionate," from Old French piteable "compassionate, merciful, pious" (13c.; Modern French pitoyable), from piteer "to pity" (see pity). Meaning "deserving pity" is recorded from late 15c. Related: Pitiably.