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arousing or deserving pity

Synonyms for pathetic

inspiring mixed contempt and pity

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inspiring scornful pity

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Lucid, but ambiguous; pathetic, but amusing; poetical, but comprehensive; prosaical, but full of emphasis.
The words seemed to form themselves, fiery or pathetic, in the air, outside her lips.
The saddest thing about them was that they were grotesque, and the more pathetic they were, the more you wanted to laugh.
So saying, he pointed to the little goat, who, on seeing Charmolue gesticulating, had, in point of fact, thought it appropriate to do the same, and had seated himself on his haunches, reproducing to the best of his ability, with his forepaws and his bearded head the pathetic pantomine of the king's procurator in the ecclesiastical court.
He did not know in the least what had made him invent that pathetic story, but he was quite as unhappy as though it had been true.
The rejoicing on the part of all classes of the coloured people, and especially the older ones, over my return, was almost pathetic.
I gave my heart simply and passionately to the author who made the scenes of that most pathetic history live in my sympathy, and companioned me with the stately and gracious actors in them.
That is how she got her soft face and her pathetic ways and her large charity, and why other mothers ran to her when they had lost a child.
There was little sound, and none agreeable save the whir of the ship's sewing machine at which Smee sat, ever industrious and obliging, the essence of the commonplace, pathetic Smee.
I conceived her so sympathetic that she always laughed before he came to the joke, and I am sure she had filmy eyes from the very start of a pathetic story.
I must have one pathetic scene in it," said Anne thoughtfully.
Grey-headed men, wonderfully pathetic in their dissipation, stared at her through clouds.
Presently, a sort of choking sound came out of the pillow, and went straight to her heart the most pathetic sob she ever heard, for, though it was the most natural means of relief, the poor fellow must not indulge in it because of the afflicted eyes.
Jane and Ruby almost always cry when I come to the pathetic parts.
A very minor figure, but one of the most pathetic in the history of English literature, is that of Thomas Chatterton.