pitiable pitiable  /ˈpɪ ti ə bəl/


  1. (adj) inspiring mixed contempt and pity
  2. (adj) deserving or inciting pity


  1. That same day at Scotts Bluff, two pitiable figures, one of them with an empty sleeve dangling at its side, were dragged into the main street.
  2. This is a tale so primal and pitiable that for many a former child it deserves to be retold on an analyst's couch.
  3. The 3,000th death is as the first dying being the pitiable but inextricable consequence of war.


  • The Anna Nicole Story: TV Review

    The Lifetime original movie paints Anna Nicole Smith as pitiable yet always likable, even as her desperate desire for fame fueled her public self-destruction. read more
    on June 28, 2013     Source: The Hollywood Reporter


  1. Paul said in 1 Corinthians, chapter 15, verse 19, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable."
    on Feb 23, 2007 By: the Apostle Paul Source: Niles Daily Star

  2. "The worst thing that anyone can do is become protectionist and thus invite protectionist retaliation in a trade war in which everyone will emerge a pitiable loser," Yudhoyono said. "We should remain practitioners of free trade and persevere...
    on Mar 2, 2009 By: Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Source: The Age

  3. "I don't hate you, I feel sorry for you, I think you cut a pitiable figure," said Chee of Lee Kuan Yew.
    on May 27, 2008 By: Lee Kuan Yew Source: Reuters UK

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