1. arousing pity, sympathy, or compassion.

- the small room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic

Similar word(s): unfortunate, hapless, miserable, misfortunate, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched

2. arousing disgrace, often due to miserable incompetence.

- their efforts were pathetic

Similar word(s): contemptible, pitiable, pitiful

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.