Origin of pitiful
Examples from the Web for pitiful
The number of diplomats was pitiful (45 appointees in 1860), as was the amount of money allocated to them.
Here, the time from exposure to illness is not years but days—and the death a rapid and pitiful one.
The over-the-top acting and pitiful effects are nothing—the winner here is the theme song, performed by a Johnny Cash-soundalike.Outlandish Work Training Videos: Alabama’s Mass Shooting Film & More|Kevin Fallon|January 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Testimony has made it clear that 50-year-old Michael Joseph Jackson died in pitiful shape.
Nobody wants to set their eyes on so pitiful a sight ever again.
Amedee, with his livid complexion and haggard from a sleepless night and tears, was pitiful to see.A Romance of Youth, Complete|Francois Coppee
It was pitiful to see how her eyes wandered toward the door.Daisy Brooks|Laura Jean Libbey
Under the guidance of his valet our hero secured writing materials and indicted a pitiful appeal to his family lawyer.McAllister and His Double|Arthur Train
Then she drew herself up, and a strange and most pitiful pride appeared on her face.Simon Dale|Anthony Hope
Any one who asked, and made up a pitiful tale, could have something from her.The Guests Of Hercules|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
c.1300, "merciful, compassionate" (implied in pitifully), from pity + -ful. Sense of "exciting or deserving pity" is from mid-15c.; that of "mean, wretched, contemptible" is 1580s. Related: Pitifulness.