1. Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic. The lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (James v. 11)
2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion. A thing, indeed, very pitiful and horrible. (Spenser)
3. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable. That's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. (Shak)
Synonym: Despicable, mean, paltry. See Contemptible.