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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: pathétique, from Latin, from Greek, from paschein 'to suffer'


pa‧thet‧ic S3
1 something or someone that is pathetic is so useless, unsuccessful, or weak that they annoy you:
You're pathetic! Here, let me do it.
I know it sounds pathetic now, but at the time I was frightened.
Vic made a pathetic attempt to apologise.
2 making you feel pity or sympathy:
The child looked a pathetic sight.
pathetically adverb:
She whimpered pathetically.

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