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He made a pathetic attempt to explain his failure.
That's the most pathetic excuse I've ever heard.
The child looked so small and pathetic.
a pathetic story
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English version of definition of pathetic
the belief that every problem has a solution based in technology
any of the bones in your foot between your toes and your ankle
any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat
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American definition of pathetic from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.