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1       adj   If you describe a person or animal as pathetic, you mean that they are sad and weak or helpless, and they make you feel very sorry for them.  
The small group of onlookers presented a pathetic sight..., She now looked small, shrunken and pathetic.     
  pathetically      adv  
She was pathetically thin.     
2       adj   If you describe someone or something as pathetic, you mean that they make you feel impatient or angry, often because they are weak or not very good.,   (disapproval)    What pathetic excuses..., It's a pound for a small glass of wine, which is pathetic.     
  pathetically      adv   ADV adj  
Five women in a group of 18 people is a pathetically small number.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    affecting, distressing, harrowing, heartbreaking, heart-rending, melting, moving, pitiable, plaintive, poignant, sad, tender, touching  
2    deplorable, feeble, inadequate, lamentable, meagre, measly, miserable, not much cop     (Brit. slang)   paltry, petty, pitiful, poor, puny, sorry, wet     (Brit. informal)   woeful  
3      (slang)   chickenshit     (U.S. slang)   crappy     (slang)   crummy     (slang)   poxy     (slang)   rubbishy, trashy, uninteresting, useless, wanky     (taboo slang)   worthless  
1    amusing, comical, droll, entertaining, funny, laughable, ludicrous, ridiculous  

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