1. arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.
- the small room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic
2. arousing disgrace, often due to miserable incompetence.
- their efforts were pathetic
Sentences with pathetic as an adjective:
- The old man’s pathetic pleas for forgiveness stirred the young man’s heart.
- You can't even run two miles? That’s pathetic.
- You're almost 26 years old and you still can't hold a real job? That's pathetic.