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adjective pitiful pronunciation in British English /ˈpɪtɪf(ə)l/
  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.
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