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adjective pathetic pronunciation in American English /pəˈθetɪk/
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  1. 1
    useless or not effective in an annoying way
    He made a pathetic attempt to explain his failure.
    That’s the most pathetic excuse I’ve ever heard.
  2. 2
    if someone or something looks or sounds pathetic, you feel sympathy for them
    The child looked so small and pathetic.
    a pathetic story

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