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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.
Even after Maggie and her father expose the affair and take their revenge, they seem more pitiful than triumphant.
This diatribe against the pitiful Washington Redskins summed it all up for their fans.
In losing, however, he will taint his possible rivals—including Rand Paul—as pitiful members of the "surrender caucus."
His pitiful heart deserted him at the very instant when he most needed its support.
He has been at once the author and the audience of the pitiful, unspeakable, long-drawn and far-stretched tragedy of earthly life.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
They were about to make a fire and roast some of the flesh for dinner, when a pitiful cry was heard.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
Tim looked at his mother and then at Eloise, whose pitiful face appealed to him strongly.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
The pitiful, mean, low face and its frame of shock red hair did not appeal to Jessie.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White