- evoking or deserving pity; lamentable: pitiable, homeless children.
- evoking or deserving contemptuous pity; miserable; contemptible: a pitiable lack of character.
Origin of pitiable
Examples from the Web for pitiably
I'm so pitiably weak—so much weaker than I ever dreamed I could be.Red Pepper Burns
Grace S. Richmond
It was not fair to make the comparison by which Professor Theobald suffered so pitiably.The Daughters of Danaus
As a girl, a bride, a young matron, she had not shown her lack so pitiably.Saturday's Child
In all but a few of the state agricultural colleges and experiment stations the funds available for books are pitiably small.
He shook so pitiably as he worked that the Cat under the bed felt the tremor of it.Lords of the Housetops
- exciting or deserving pity or contempt
Word Origin and History for pitiably
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.