Origin of pitiable
Examples from the Web for pitiably
Few men ever prophesied more brazenly as to the war,—very few ever had their prophecies so pitiably falsified.
But protestations availed not; and his head, the cleverest head in England, was pitiably hacked off by a bungling headsman.
In the crisis of his son's life he pitiably concealed these facts.Edward Caldwell Moore|Edward Moore
No wonder, for she was only acquainted with the pitiably inadequate sample of him introduced to her as Mr. Rickman of Rickman's.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
He towers above me, gaunt, powerful, as pitiably defenseless as any little child.Home Fires in France|Dorothy Canfield
British Dictionary definitions for pitiably
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.