Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Passionately.
  • In a pathetic manner; in such a manner as to excite the tender emotions or feelings; affectingly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a pathetic manner; piteously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb arousing scornful pity
  • adverb in a manner arousing sympathy and compassion

Etymologies

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pathetic +‎ -ally

Examples

  • The smoke curled up pathetically from the Yukon stove-pipe.

    In a Far Country

  • The smoke curled up pathetically from the Yukon stove-pipe.

    In a Far Country

  • 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.

    Our own worst enemies

  • 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.

    Bobby Fischer’s Pathetic Endgame

  • 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.

    Bobby Fischer’s Pathetic Endgame

  • The smoke curled up pathetically from the Yukon stove-pipe.

    In a Far Country

  • I take issue with the word "pathetically" - what is pathetic about proudly showing off your lists?

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • I take issue with the word "pathetically" - what is pathetic about proudly showing off your lists?

    A list heroine of mine

  • You don't think it's the fact that the prosecution had what some people have called a pathetically weak case?

    CNN Transcript Mar 17, 2005

  • Trembling with fear, the creature continued to wave its sword pathetically at her from its knees.

    The Black Wing

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