Synonyms of pitiful in English:

pitiful


See definition of pitiful

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