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- pathetic (adj.)
- 1590s, "affecting the emotions, exciting the passions," from Middle French pathétique "moving, stirring, affecting" (16c.), from Late Latin patheticus, from Greek pathetikos "subject to feeling, sensitive, capable of emotion," from pathetos "liable to suffer," verbal adjective of pathein "to suffer" (see pathos). Meaning "arousing pity, pitiful" is first recorded 1737. Colloquial sense of "so miserable as to be ridiculous" is attested from 1937. Related: Pathetical (1570s); pathetically. Pathetic fallacy (1856, first used by Ruskin) is the attribution of human qualities to inanimate objects.
- 1. We encountered the pathetic sight of a family packing up its home.
- 2. It's a pound for a small glass of wine, which is pathetic.
- 3. She now looked small, shrunken and pathetic.
- 4. It's ridiculous, it's pathetic, it's a joke.
- 5. Don't be so pathetic.
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