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pa·thet·ic

pathetic

 
 
pronunciation:
p the tihk
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part of speech: adjective
definition: causing feelings of pity or sorrow.
The limping dog was a pathetic sight.
 
synonyms:
moving, pitiful
similar words:
distressing, sad, wretched
derivation: pathetically (adv.)
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The word pathetic contains the following part:
-ic Latin and Greek adjective-forming suffix that means like, pertaining to
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The suffix -ic attaches to roots and words of Greek or Latin origin to form adjectives. A few words ending in -ic (magic , critic , music ) were adjectives that became nouns in Greek before they entered English, also as nouns.