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Meaning of pitiful

pit•i•ful

Pronunciation: (pit'i-ful), [key]
— adj.
  1. evoking or deserving pity: a pitiful fate.
  2. evoking or deserving contempt by smallness, poor quality, etc.: pitiful attempts.
  3. full of pity; compassionate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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