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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

(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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Over the past 14 years delivery of new housing has been completely inadequate and pathetically inadequate." Mr White also criticised the council over its actions in opposing his clients' scheme, yet choosing not to defend at appeal its decisions to refuse two applications for up to 200 homes at Loansdean, both since allowed, and approving plans for 255 homes at Northgate.
If that is so, then why is the minimum wage so pathetically low?
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Labour's Tom Greatrex has branded French company Atos's phone service "pathetically inadequate".
New Labour has been pathetically effete, forgiving all of its sons and daughters for their misdemeanours, elevating many to peerages, which must make Tony Benn feel betrayed by his own.
With a pathetically thin state political media, it's fairly difficult to run on any issues to begin with, at least ones beyond the bumper-sticker variety."
The many faces of biblical humor; a compendium of the most delightful, romantic, humorous, ironic, sarcastic, or pathetically funny stories and statements in scripture, rev.
I suspect this is only given to avoid giving higher annual pension increases, instead of the pathetically low offerings each year.
ENERGY RESOURCE-14 September 2007-New Book Warns that Current New Energy Technologies Are 'Pathetically Short of Credible'(C)2007 JeraOne - http://www.jeraone.com
My husband has just been admitted to hospital, and it is in a pathetically poor state.
That the present political leadership in Ghana, coming from the anti-independence and anti-African unity Danquah-Busia party line, has been pathetically pro-West is obvious to us all.
The most popular state beverage is, pathetically enough, milk.