Origin of pitiable
Examples from the Web for pitiable
The pitiable last photo of the naked megastar projected into the courtroom as Rogers testified is unforgettable.
Amy is, at most, a pitiable woman trapped in a marriage that she has no idea how to fix.
All around us, pundits spend their time bemoaning the pitiable state of men.
Eerie orange cones captured in an aerial photograph will show each precise spot where a part of this pitiable child came to rest.
He was only the pitiable victim of his birth and of a cruel fate.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete|Georg Ebers
"Take me to my—" His words were cut short by another fit of coughing, and he stood trembling there, a pitiable figure of distress.The Long Patrol|H. A. Cody
Aerated bread is probably the most healthful, but this is pitiable to live on; it tastes like salted flannel.
The captaincy he had tried so hard to gain had ended in pitiable failure.The Loom of Youth|Alec Waugh
The astute young woman had detected the pitiable subterfuge.Tales of the Argonauts|Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for pitiable
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.