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PITIABLE, PITIFUL

"Pitiable, in the sense of 'deserving pity,' is preferable to pitiful, since pitiful also means 'compassionate,' as, 'The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.'"

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Pitiable, pitiful, piteous.Pitiable means deserving of pity. Pitiful signifies full of that which awakens pity. Piteous applies to that which excites the emotion.

EX. — A man is made pitiable on account of circumstances independent of his own action.

EX. — What is pitiful in a man arises from his own unworthiness, while that which is piteous arises from his weakness or inability to help himself.

EX. — After the wreck; the man was found in a pitiable condition.

EX. — As he was lifted from the ground he uttered a piteous cry.

EX. — The condition of the drunken man was pitiful indeed.

Pitiful may also refer to what is deserving of pity, being used chiefly for that which is merely an object of thought, while pitiable is applied to that which is brought directly before us.

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