[pit-ee-uh-buh l]


evoking or deserving pity; lamentable: pitiable, homeless children.
evoking or deserving contemptuous pity; miserable; contemptible: a pitiable lack of character.

Origin of pitiable

1425–75; late Middle English < Old French piteable, equivalent to pite(er) to pity + -able -able
Related formspit·i·a·ble·ness, nounpit·i·a·bly, adverbun·pit·i·a·ble, adjectiveun·pit·i·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedpiteous pitiable pitiful (see synonym study at pitiful)

Synonyms for pitiable

1, 2. See pitiful.
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exciting or deserving pity or contempt
Derived Formspitiableness, nounpitiably, adverb
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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.

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