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.
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]