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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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Not two weeks after the pathetically mishandled coup in the Soviet Union collapsed, an article in the Sunday New York Times business section proclaimed: "Now Is the Time to Invest in the Soviets.
A bad version of this character type may not even be shown, such as the off-camera psychiatrist in 1970's "Diary of a Mad Housewife' whose advice to a frustrated woman is portrayed as pathetically misguided.
When I saw utterly poor children -- diseased, crippled, naked, and most of all pathetically hungry boys and girls -- playing in gutters in the filthiest water I had ever seen, it was beyond comprehension.
Pathetically they have opted to shield Blair, denying that same truth to be heard.
But on the other hand, maybe a mass boycott would curb his pathetically ridiculous diktat.
Yet the reaction of the leading powers has been to stand on the sidelines and pathetically wring their hands.
Beware of them, there is more to their agenda than simply being weird, weak, and pathetically nice to everyone in the hope that everyone will be pathetically nice back.
Blaming the police is a pathetically immature response and legally you would not have had a leg to stand on.
THE "problem" I have with the holiday rail service to London for the benefit of PKT (Mail, December 28) is the pathetically slow time it took to travel 100 miles.
She is either incredibly arrogant or pathetically ignorant.
Kafka wrote, "How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room.
Those 100 years have seen triumphs and failures but Herbert Austin himself could never have imagined it would have all ended so pathetically