From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpatheticpa‧thet‧ic /pəˈθetɪk/ ●●○ adjective1BADsomething or someone that is pathetic is so useless, unsuccessful, or weak that they annoy youYou’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.2SYMPATHIZEmaking you feel pity or sympathyThe child looked a pathetic sight. —pathetically /-kli/ adverbShe whimpered pathetically.
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pathetic• Even worse, it sounded pathetic.• The arrogance of some of the has-beens in the Athletico squad is pathetic.• She's clever, but as a teacher she's pathetic.• The movie's special effects are absolutely pathetic.• We found a small dog sitting outside the back door, looking pathetic.• There is something pathetic about a 40-year-old man who still has his mother do his laundry.• I just felt pathetic, ashamed, embarrassed and ugly.• a patheticattempt at seduction• I can't believe we wasted our money on that patheticcomedian last night.• Yang looked at me with a patheticexpression on his face.• patheticimages of half-starved children• But each day the silence worked on me-and my pathetic longing.• It was really pathetic, meeting him like that in the flowershop.• And she found it interesting that Sandra would project her own patheticpursuit of Matthew on to some one else.• How pathetic they had seemed at the time, how weak, their eyes blazing with fear, like trapped animals.