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

 piti·ful /ˈpɪtɪfəl/

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

      adj 1: inspiring mixed contempt and pity; "their efforts were
             pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful
             exhibition of cowardice" [syn: pathetic, pitiable]
      2: bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state";
         "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape";
         "a sorry state of affairs" [syn: deplorable, distressing,
          lamentable, sad, sorry]
      3: 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,
          pathetic, piteous, pitiable, poor, wretched]