[puh-thet-ik] /pəˈθɛt ɪk/
causing or evoking pity, sympathetic sadness, sorrow, etc.; pitiful; pitiable:
a pathetic letter; a pathetic sight.
affecting or moving the feelings.
pertaining to or caused by the feelings.
miserably or contemptibly inadequate:
In return for our investment we get a pathetic three percent interest.
evoking or expressing pity, sympathy, etc
distressingly inadequate: the old man sat huddled in front of a pathetic fire
(Brit, informal) ludicrously or contemptibly uninteresting or worthless: the standard of goalkeeping in amateur football today is pathetic
(obsolete) of or affecting the feelings
1590s, “affecting the emotions, exciting the passions,” from Middle French pathétique “moving, stirring, affecting” (16c.), from Late Latin patheticus, from Greek pathetikos “subject to feeling, sensitive, capable of emotion,” from pathetos “liable to suffer,” verbal adjective of pathein “to suffer” (see pathos). Meaning “arousing pity, pitiful” is first recorded 1737. Colloquial sense of “so miserable as to be ridiculous” is attested from 1937. Related: Pathetical (1570s); pathetically. Pathetic fallacy (1856, first used by Ruskin) is the attribution of human qualities to inanimate objects.
1. Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment. 2. Pooling Agreement for Technical Assistance.
[pah-tet] /ˈpɑ tɛt/ noun 1. the Communist nationalist group that took over the government of Laos in 1975 after two decades of civil war. communist guerrilla movement and political party in Laos, 1954, from Laotian Thai, literally “Land of the Lao.”
noun 1. the endowment of nature, inanimate objects, etc., with human traits and feelings, as in the smiling skies; the angry sea. noun 1. (in literature) the presentation of inanimate objects in nature as possessing human feelings
- Pathfinder prospectus
noun 1. a prospectus regarding the flotation of a new company that contains only sufficient details to test the market reaction noun a UK term for red herring, an outline prospectus that does not offer financial details or the price of its shares and is issued before a final prospectus