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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pitiful  \Pit"i*ful\,  a. 
  1.  Full  of  pity;  tender-hearted;  compassionate;  kind 
  merciful;  sympathetic. 
  The  Lord  is  very  pitiful,  and  of  tender  mercy. 
  --James  v.  11. 
  2.  Piteous;  lamentable;  eliciting  compassion. 
  A  thing  indeed,  very  pitiful  and  horrible. 
  3.  To  be  pitied  for  littleness  or  meanness;  miserable; 
  paltry;  contemptible;  despicable. 
  That's  villainous,  and  shows  a  most  pitiful  ambition 
  in  the  fool  that  uses  it  --Shak. 
  Syn:  Despicable;  mean  paltry.  See  {Contemptible}.  -- 
  {Pit"i*ful*ly},  adv  --  {Pit"i*ful*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  inspiring  mixed  contempt  and  pity;  "their  efforts  were 
  pathetic";  "pitiable  lack  of  character";  "pitiful 
  exhibition  of  cowardice"  [syn:  {pathetic},  {pitiable}] 
  2:  very  bad  "my  finances  were  in  a  deplorable  state";  "a 
  lamentable  decision";  "her  clothes  were  in  sad  shape";  "a 
  sorry  state  of  affairs"  [syn:  {deplorable},  {distressing}, 
  {lamentable},  {sad},  {sorry}] 
  3:  deserving  or  inciting  pity;  "a  hapless  victim";  "miserable 
  victims  of  war";  "the  shabby  room  struck  her  as 
  extraordinarily  pathetic"-  Galsworthy  "piteous  appeals 
  for  help";  "pitiable  homeless  children";  "a  pitiful  fate"; 
  "couldn't  rescue  the  poor  fellow";  "his  poor  distorted 
  limbs";  "a  wretched  life"  [syn:  {hapless},  {miserable},  {misfortunate}, 
  {pathetic},  {piteous},  {pitiable},  {poor},  {wretched}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  PITIFUL,  adj  The  state  of  an  enemy  of  opponent  after  an  imaginary 
  encounter  with  oneself. 

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