pitiful pitiful  /ˈpɪ tə fəl/


  1. (adj) inspiring mixed contempt and pity
  2. (adj) bad; unfortunate
  3. (adj) deserving or inciting pity


  1. After 18 months, he had a pitiful 12 entries; at that rate, it would take a few millenniums to equal Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  2. Dotting the desert roadside are the pitiful results: camels parked beside red-faced tourists embroiled in shouting bouts with their hosts.
  3. But only a pitiful few do.


  1. The Sexologist: The Republican party has a rape apology problem

    You know you have a PR problem when members of your party repeatedly make public statements exhibiting that they possess a pitiful misunderstanding of basic 5th grade level human biology, and harbor a heartless and insensitive attitude towards what is the most prevalent human rights violation on the planet affecting roughly 20% of their voter base. Not smooth.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Philly.com

  2. Rescue horse is a first for Korie Saylor

    Korie Saylor is used to having animals dropped off near her farm in Pleasant Valley. And she rescues most of them. A first happened Saturday when someone dropped off a horse. She was in pitiful shape, she said, but someone had taken the time recently to trim her feet.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Arab Tribune

  3. Game 3 NBA Finals 2013: Heat and Spurs Players Who Must Step Up in Pivotal Clash

    Several players must improve or their team will lose Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals . In Game 2, the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs by the score of 103-84. Plenty of Spurs need to step their play up after their pitiful performance. A Heat player or two could afford to improve as well, even after a 19-point blowout. Out of all the players who have room for improvement, here are the three ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report


  1. "It was a pretty pitiful performance all the way around," Barber said. "I'm shocked our running game could be this unproductive."
    on Nov 20, 2006 By: Tiki Barber Source: Forbes

  2. Last week at a briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that followed a flotilla raid by Israeli commandos, Thomas asked the question: "Our initial reaction to this flotilla massacre, deliberate massacre, an international crime, was pitiful. What...
    on Jun 6, 2010 By: Helen Thomas Source: FOXNews

  3. "A very pitiful performance out there today," Steelers coach Bill Cowher said. "Where we go from here is we've got to line up and play this thing out. It starts next week."
    on Nov 25, 2006 By: Bill Cowher Source: USA Today

Word of the Day
untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /