Pitiful is a synonym of despicable.
As adjectives the difference between pitiful and despicable
is that pitiful
is feeling pity; merciful while despicable
is fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless.
* pitifull (archaic)
Feeling pity; merciful.
* 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick :
So appalling or sad that one feels or should feel sorry for it; eliciting pity.
- Straightway, he now goes on to make a full confession; whereupon the mariners became more and more appalled, but still are pitiful .
Very small (of an amount or number).
- Scotland has a pitiful climate.
- A pitiful number of students bothered to turn up.
* See also
Fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless