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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Causing or deserving sympathy, sometimes mixed with scorn or contempt.

Usage examples (33)
  • On being asked what condition of man he considered the most pitiable: A lonesome man on a rainy day who does not know how to read.
  • Austen did say the only thing that renders a single women pitiable is poverty, in Emma, I think.
  • She felt his sympathy-filled eyes soaking into her back, labeling her pitiable.
  • She is "pitiable," guilty of "track-covering, the shame that flickers beneath the arrogance." for more
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