Synonyms for (adjective) pathetic

Synonyms: ridiculous, pathetic, silly

Definition: inspiring scornful pity

Usage: how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years- Dashiell Hammett

Similar words: undignified

Definition: lacking dignity


Synonyms: pathetic, pitiable, pitiful

Definition: inspiring mixed contempt and pity

Usage: their efforts were pathetic; pitiable lack of character; pitiful exhibition of cowardice

Similar words: contemptible

Definition: deserving of contempt or scorn


Synonyms: hapless, poor, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, wretched, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic

Definition: deserving or inciting pity

Usage: a hapless victim; miserable victims of war; the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic- Galsworthy; piteous appeals for help; pitiable homeless children; a pitiful fate; Oh, you poor thing; his poor distorted limbs; a wretched life

Similar words: unfortunate

Definition: not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune

Usage: an unfortunate turn of events; an unfortunate decision; unfortunate investments; an unfortunate night for all concerned