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pitiable

[ pit-ee-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈpɪt i ə bəl /
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adjective
evoking or deserving pity; lamentable: pitiable homeless pets.
evoking or deserving contemptuous pity; miserable; contemptible: a pitiable lack of character.
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Origin of pitiable

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Old French piteable, equivalent to pite(er) “to pity” + -able adjective suffix; see pity, -able

synonym study for pitiable

1, 2. See pitiful.

OTHER WORDS FROM pitiable

pit·i·a·ble·ness, nounpit·i·a·bly, adverbun·pit·i·a·ble, adjectiveun·pit·i·a·bly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pitiable

piteous, pitiable , pitiful (see synonym study at pitiful)
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British Dictionary definitions for pitiable

pitiable
/ (ˈpɪtɪəbəl) /

adjective
exciting or deserving pity or contempt

Derived forms of pitiable

pitiableness, nounpitiably, adverb
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