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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pa·thet·ic /pəˈθɛtɪk/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pa·thet·ic a.
 1. Expressing or showing anger; passionate. [Obs.]
 2. Affecting or moving the tender emotions, esp. pity or grief; full of pathos; as, a pathetic song or story. Pathetic action.”
    No theory of the passions can teach a man to be pathetic.   --E. Porter.
 Pathetic muscle Anat., the superior oblique muscle of the eye.
 Pathetic nerve Anat., the fourth cranial, or trochlear, nerve, which supplies the superior oblique, or pathetic, muscle of the eye.
 The pathetic, a style or manner adapted to arouse the tender emotions.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: deserving or inciting pity; "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" [syn: hapless, miserable,
              misfortunate, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor,
      2: inspiring mixed contempt and pity; "their efforts were
         pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful
         exhibition of cowardice" [syn: pitiable, pitiful]
      3: inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and
         unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on
         in years"- Dashiell Hammett [syn: ridiculous, silly]