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pa·thet·ic

(pă-thet'ik),
1. Denoting cranial nerve IV (pathetic nerve), the trochlear nerve.
2. Denoting that which arouses sorrow or pity.
[G. pathētikos, relating to the feelings]

pathetic

[pəthet′ik]
pertaining to something that engenders emotions of sympathy, pity, and sadness.

pathetic

(pă-thĕt′ĭk) [L. patheticus]
1. Pert. to, or arousing, the emotions of pity, sympathy, or tenderness.
2. Pert. to the trochlear nerve.
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JAILED: Linda Doran, top, was labelled pathetic while, from left, sons Brandon and Connor Doran and friend Simon Evans were jailed for the murder of Kevin Bennett, above
While they were gone, some rotten, lousy, pathetic and miserable people or person looted the farm stand of more than half its produce.
The Longbridge workers have been duped by our Government and let down by a pathetic trade union.
One child was killed in the First World War, two others eventually killed themselves, while one of the surviving pair who made old bones would later remember their surrogate father as, "Far, far the most pathetic figure in all the world.
Citing Marcel Proust (who embarked on the translation of Ruskin's art-historical writings despite being insufficiently fluent in spoken English "to order chops in a pub") and Samuel Beckett (who bought the same size shoes as James Joyce, literally walking "in the master's footsteps" until his feet got too sore), she characterizes these acts of high-end homage as "constitutionally abject," attitudinal precursors to their pathetic descendants.
These characters are at best pitiable, at worst pathetic.
Instead, they raise alarms about vague, imagined international threats that, however improbable, could conceivably emanate from a miserable and pathetic regime.
It was pathetic prior to the CICA law in 1984 but they greatly improved when they were competing with the GSBCA.
In Billy Wilder's classic Sunset Boulevard (1950), audiences thought Gloria Swanson's Norma Desmond pathetic for chasing the much younger William Holden.
Back when this music first came out, I always thought it sounded kind of tinny and pathetic, but thinking back on it, I realize that the friends who occasionally played it for me (back when Wendy was still Walter) were generally playing it through some pretty tinny and pathetic stereo systems.
Though the advertisement appears to be humorous, what it is actually saying is that if you're some pathetic loser trapped in a rabbit warren who dreams of escaping from this personal hell by getting rich in the stock market, then you're an even more pathetic loser than you seemed to be.
And for him a Lamartine leading the French revolution of 1848 merely "moved into conspicuous though rather pathetic public service" (p.