Definition of 'pitiful'
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It has to be said that his song looks solid against pitiful opposition. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The amount of money the charity gets is often pitiful. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Trustees of small charities have expressed their frustration at earning such pitiful returns on important funds. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He had seen their pitiful lack of weapons. THE GUARDSMEN (2004)They had lost the six previous league matches in which they had conceded first and cut a pitiful sight in the opening period. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The trouble is, in great heat the leaves flop and look pitiful. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It was despairing, pitiful and sad. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The retreat has been hastened by the pitiful returns on many European government bonds. Times, Sunday Times (2015)A rescue team arrived to find a pitiful sight. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Given the pitiful returns being paid by some bonds, investors need to be careful about the funds they back. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It was a pitiful sight. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Leaders across the EU have been pitiful in their lack of resolution. Times, Sunday Times (2015)When he came up to me and my companions, he stood still, and gave a pitiful look round upon us. Black Beauty (1877)In the morning the other battery's wagon line was a pitiful sight as that one shell had accounted for about 25 horses. Times, Sunday Times (2012)I said: "That woman looks pitiful. Seminary Boy (2006)
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Translations for 'pitiful'
British English: pitiful ADJECTIVE
Someone or something that is pitiful is so sad, weak, or small that you feel pity for them.
He sounded both pitiful and eager to get what he wanted.
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