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  • adv. In a pitiful manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a pitiful manner.
  • With compassion.
  • So as to excite pity; wretchedly.
  • Contemptibly.

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

  • adv. to a pitiful degree


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  • He was a thin-faced creature, rheumy of eye, and drawing his breath as from a well; the ferret of the village for all underlying scandal and tattle, whose sole humanity was what he called pitifully 'a peakin 'at his chest, and who had retired from his business of grocer in the village upon the fortune brought to him in the energy and capacity of a third wife to conduct affairs, while he wandered up and down and knitted people together -- an estimable office in a land where your house is so grievously your castle.

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  • And in the dream, he called pitifully to Eleanor, "She won't let us work up to a climax!

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  • I trotted after it and called pitifully to Josh as I picked it up.

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  • She clung to the boat, calling pitifully for help, which amused all the men on the shore immensely, until at last, none too soon, they went to her rescue.

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  • "Because -- oh, Justin," she was stripping off her gloves, "oh, I've tried to hide these," pitifully, "to hide these from you.

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