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


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pit·i·ful a.
 1. Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic.
    The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.   --James v. 11.
 2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.
    A thing, indeed, very pitiful and horrible.   --Spenser.
 3. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable.
    That's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.   --Shak.
 Syn: -- Despicable; mean; paltry. See Contemptible.
 -- Pit*i*ful*ly, adv. -- Pit*i*ful*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adv : to a pitiful degree; "wages were pitifully low, particularly
            the wages of women"