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adjective     pitiful pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    looking or sounding so unhappy that you feel sympathy and sadness

    The scrawny little kitten looked so pitiful out in the rain.

    The refugee camp was a pitiful sight.

  2. 2
    extremely bad

    a pitiful performance

    a pitiful excuse

    The way we have been treated is pitiful.

  3. 3
    a pitiful amount of something is very small and not enough

    a pitiful salary

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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