Synonyms of pitiful in English:


See definition of pitiful


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