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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.

Pitifully, Pitifulness.