(a.) Affecting or moving the tender emotions, esp. pity or grief; full of pathos; as, a pathetic song or story.
(1) But Blair's address - "history will forgive us" - was a dubious exercise in group therapy: the cheers smacked of pathetic gratitude, as he piously pardoned the legislators, as well as himself, for the catastrophe of Iraq.
(2) This is the most pathetic thing I’ve seen in my whole time in the United States Senate … I think they ought to stop posturing and acting like idiots.” Sean Spicer , the White House press secretary, branded the Democrats’ actions “embarrassing”.
(3) Hugo Williams, his assistant at LM for many years, once wrote of him turning contributions round at the door - for which their authors, said Williams, were pathetically grateful.
(4) This together with the pathetic lack of careers advice leaves too many girls and young women with no incentives to raise their sights or their ambitions.
(5) LOWLIGHT Marcus Christenson The racism in itself in first place and then the pathetic fines that came with it.
(6) He described the Croatian prime minister’s handling of the refugees as “pathetic.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest Hungarian police monitor a large group of migrants and refugees at a border crossing between Hungary and Croatia at Beremend.
(7) "My life speaks for me so there is no need to speak any more about this situation because it is ridiculous and pathetic."
(8) The alleged rewards were pathetically modest: gift certificates to Bed Bath & Beyond or Target were considered enough, apparently, to permanently kick people out of their homes.
(9) Announcing his party's plans today, Simon Hughes, the Lib Dems' climate change and energy spokesman, said: "One per cent of our current stock being energy-efficient is pathetic.
(10) "Everyone could see through what they were trying to do: 'Don't look at this vast hole in the public finances over there, look at this pathetic piece of class war posturing with 50p over here.'
(11) If they are those that have been running policy and advising policymakers then their record on youth unemployment so far has been quite pathetic.
(12) Australia is the richest, largest country in the region, so to sit back and say we are doing enough is pathetic really,” said Ritter, who attended the Kiribati summit.
(13) The most pathetic claim has been that Hammond did not warn his cabinet colleagues that the increase represented a breach of the Conservative manifesto.
(14) The pathetic point-scoring spat between health secretary Jeremy Hunt and his opposite number, Andy Burnham, over a past hospital scandal is dominating the headlines.
(15) Opening the assault on Brown, the SNP MP Mike Weir said: "We are witnessing the pathetic sight of a cabinet reshuffling itself.
(16) "Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic," wrote the American film critic Roger Ebert.
(17) The fact that a mother-figure, the less-than-interesting Lady Russell, had "persuaded" Anne eight years earlier to give up the young man with whom she had fallen in love, due to his lack of prospects, was merely pathetic.
(18) Australia could meet tougher greenhouse gas emission targets without extra economic pain, according to the modelling used by the Abbott government to decide on post-2020 emission reduction targets that have been labelled “pathetically inadequate” .
(19) It displays a lamentable absence of quantitative detail, and a pathetic reliance on fashionable but questionable forecasting techniques that have long been compellingly contradicted by hard data."
(20) Instead he was outthought and outfought and, having lost his WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko, reduced rather pathetically to blaming the defeat on a broken toe.
(a.) Deserving pity; wworthy of, or exciting, compassion; miserable; lamentable; piteous; as, pitiable persons; a pitiable condition; pitiable wretchedness.
(1) "He is not here," says a rebel guard: glazed eyes, rifle slung over ill-fitting uniform, pitiably young.
(2) Sometimes, characters who aren't having sex are seen as pitiable but most of the time, whether they can't or won't do it, we're just supposed to laugh at them.
(3) Louis Kavanagh of Solihull, who proposed the motion, blamed “lazy students, pitiable parenting, ineffectual school discipline measures and structures putting all the burden on the class teacher”.
(4) Descriptions of how he had been severely bullied at school were used to explain how he had become a pitiable, alienated individual who barely left the house except to empty his bins, and whose only life was lived through the internet.
(5) Struggling, but with scant success, to get her head round the concept of an independent Scotland, the mother in the much-viewed Better Together advertisement , the Woman Who Made up Her Mind, cuts a pitiable figure.
(6) Where the Miley Cyruses of this world try cropping their hair off and gyrating semi-naked in order to be seen as adults, or the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes lose all semblance of a plan and spin off into pitiable tabloid notoriety, Gomez's transition has been rather smarter.
(7) Sad!” The paradox is that the president never seems more cheerful than when denouncing something as sad, finding as he does perhaps his only moments of authentic happiness in portraying the position of his enemies as pitiably hopeless.
(8) "It was pitiable to see these poor people struggling with their adversity, and to think of the cheerless night they must spend amid their sodden surroundings," the Eastern Daily Press wrote.
(9) A throwback to the early Zionists, he was wedded to the soil, certain of his beliefs, the antithesis of the supposedly pitiable diaspora Jew.
(10) The ABC broadcast brings front and centre a number of uncertainties, confusions and misconceptions about holding refugees in pitiable Pacific states.
(11) Those seeking to defend shouldn't feel they have to portray themselves as anything close to pitiable in response.
(12) As Cady (la Lohan, who has also undergone many changes in the past decade) notes in Mean Girls, “In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut, and no other girls can say anything about it.” In other words, it’s something that pitiable and confused teenage girls do, like affecting to enjoy smoking, or pretending to be interested in every boring thing some boring boy says in the hope he’ll provide her with some self-validation.
(13) This paper deals with the pitiable case of a meanwhile four years old infant having been battered by his stepmother.
(14) Behind the far-left yobs, who disgrace every good cause in Britain, the protesters who did not riot in Parliament Square on Thursday looked almost pitiable.
(15) Any unmarried, unmothered woman over 30 is generally described as "brave" for which read: pitiable, for which read: tragic ( "Taking her mind off her newly single status, Kelly Brook, 33, was seen laughing and smiling … She appeared to be coping well."
(16) They are the most pitiable group of cases seen, but they can all be offered some help, however limited one's resources.
(17) It is, again, easy to dismiss her charity work as a rational extension of her own narcissism, which is almost pitiable in itself – it is a truism that it is almost impossible to recover from fame.