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Etymology [ edit ]
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 )
pity, sympathy, or compassion.
The child’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. 2014, John Oliver, “State Legislatures and ALEC”, in , season 1, episode 23, written by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Tim Carvell; Josh Gondelman; Dan Gurewitch; Jeff Maurer; Ben Silva; Will Tracy; Jill Twiss; Seena Vali; Julie Weiner, HBO, Warner Bros. Television: Look, I-I hate to sound like Billy Baldwin’s agent, but you can’t just copy everything that ALEC does! It’s pathetic!”
( obsolete ) Expressing or showing anger; passionate. ( anatomy ) Trochlear.
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arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion
arousing scorn or contempt
убо́гі ( ubóhi ) Catalan:
patètic (ca) Chinese:
Mandarin: 可笑 (zh) ( kěxiào ) Czech:
trapný , (cs) ubohý , (cs) žalostný Danish:
ynkelig , (da) patetisk (da) Dutch:
sneu , (nl) zielig (nl) Estonian:
säälittävä (fi) French:
lamentable , (fr) minable (fr) Georgian:
პათეტიკური (ka) ( ṗateṭiḳuri ) German:
erbärmlich , (de) jämmerlich , (de) peinlich (de) Greek:
θλιβερός (el) ( thliverós ), οικτρός (el) ( oiktrós ), άθλιος (el) ( áthlios ), κακόμοιρος (el) ( kakómoiros ) Hebrew:
פתטי (he) ( patéti ) Hungarian: szánalmas (hu)
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