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Middle French , from pathétique Latin , from patheticus Ancient Greek ( παθητικός pathētikós, “ subject to feeling, capable of feeling, impassioned ”), from ( παθητός pathētós, “ one who has suffered, subject to suffering ”), from ( πάσχω páskhō, “ to suffer ”).
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pathetic ( comparative , more pathetic superlative ) most pathetic
pity, sympathy, or compassion.
The old man’s pathetic pleas for forgiveness stirred the young man’s heart. Arousing
scornful pity or contempt, often due to miserable inadequacy.
You can't even run two miles? That’s pathetic.
You're almost 26 years old and you still can't hold a real job? That's pathetic.
2005, : In Her Shoes
Well you'd better think of something because middle-aged tramps aren't cute, they're pathetic.
( obsolete ) Expressing or showing anger; passionate.
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arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion
קורע לב ( m koréa lev) ( literally: heart tearing ) Hungarian:
szánalmas (hu) Italian:
patetico (it) , m patetica (it) , f patetici (it) , m pl patetiche (it) f pl Japanese:
( かわいそうな kawaisō-na), ( 哀れな あわれな, aware-na), ( 痛ましい いたましい, itamashii) Portuguese:
patético (pt) Romanian:
patetic , (ro) emoționant (ro) Russian:
жалостный ( (ru) žálostnyj), душераздирающий ( (ru) dušerazdirájuščij) ( heartbreaking ) Slovene:
ganljiv (sl) Spanish:
patético (es) Turkish:
dokunaklı , (tr) acıklı (tr)
arousing scorn or contempt
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