from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Inspiring or deserving pity.
- adj. Arousing contemptuous pity, as through ineptitude or inadequacy. See Synonyms at pathetic.
- adj. Archaic Filled with pity or compassion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Feeling pity; merciful.
- adj. So appalling or sad that one feels or should feel sorry for it; eliciting pity.
- adj. Very small (of an amount or number).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic.
- adj. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.
- adj. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of pity; tender; compassionate; having a feeling of sorrow and sympathy for the distressed.
- Exciting or fitted to excite pity or compassion; miserable; deplorable; sad: as, a pitiful condition; a pitiful look.
- To be pitied for its littleness or meanness; paltry; insignificant; contemptible; despicable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. bad; unfortunate
- adj. deserving or inciting pity
- adj. inspiring mixed contempt and pity
From pity + -ful. (Wiktionary)