Synonyms of pitiful in English:


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See Spanish definition of lastimero


1‘two children in a very pitiful state’

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’

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’

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