Synonyms of pitiful in English:

pitiful


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adjective

1‘two children in a very pitiful state’

SYNONYMS
distressing, sad, piteous, to be pitied, pitiable, pathetic, disturbing, heart-rending, heartbreaking, saddening, moving, affecting, touching, tear-jerking, plaintive, poignant, forlorn, poor, sorry, wretched, abject, miserable, tragic, woeful, lamentable, grievous
rare distressful

2‘they earn a pitiful $50 a month’

SYNONYMS
paltry, miserable, meagre, beggarly, insufficient, insignificant, trifling, negligible, pitiable, derisory
informal pathetic, measly, piddling, piffling, mingy
British informal poxy
North American informal dinky

3‘his performance was pitiful’

SYNONYMS
dreadful, awful, terrible, lamentable, hopeless, wretched, sorry, poor, bad, feeble, well below par, pitiable, woeful, inadequate, contemptible, deplorable, despicable, laughable, worthless
informal pathetic, useless, rotten, appalling, lousy, abysmal, dire, the pits
British informal chronic, pants, a load of pants