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- adv. In a pathetic manner; piteously.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a pathetic manner; in such a manner as to excite the tender emotions or feelings; affectingly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. arousing scornful pity
- adv. in a manner arousing sympathy and compassion
But, rather than take it on, many campaigners pathetically fawn at the table, begging for crumbs – spending much of their time and energies in pathetically seeking attention.
Why he stopped playing tournaments, and how his life unraveled so pathetically, is a story one can learn only by seeking out those who actually know Fischer.
The smoke curled up pathetically from the Yukon stove-pipe.
I take issue with the word "pathetically" - what is pathetic about proudly showing off your lists?
You don't think it's the fact that the prosecution had what some people have called a pathetically weak case?
Trembling with fear, the creature continued to wave its sword pathetically at her from its knees.
The younger members of the family called pathetically for some short, ready name that would not tax pen or tongue.
It calls pathetically for those who know to teach it, and for those who can to lead it.
He seemed to forget the passions and fury of his fierce career and live over the memories of his youth, recalling pathetically its bitter poverty and its fair dreams.
That kind of pathetically ambiguous language is what you expect from dishonest shysters like the pro-life yokels who, when you ask them directly if abortion is murder, will most likely weasel themselves into a coma with a response like, "Well, it's tantamount to murder."
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