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Meaning of pathetic

pa•thet•ic

Pronunciation: (pu-thet'ik) [key]
— adj.
  1. causing or evoking pity, sympathetic sadness, sorrow, etc.; pitiful; pitiable: a pathetic letter; a pathetic sight.
  2. affecting or moving the feelings.
  3. pertaining to or caused by the feelings.
  4. miserably or contemptibly inadequate: In return for our investment we get a pathetic three percent interest.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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