pathetic, adj. and adv.
a. Arousing sadness, compassion, or sympathy, esp. through vulnerability or sadness; pitiable.
†b. gen. Producing an effect upon the emotions; moving, stirring, affecting. Obsolete.
†2. Expressing or arising from passion or strong emotion; passionate, emotional; earnest. Obsolete.
†a. (Of a bodily movement) expressive of emotion; or relating to the emotions. Obsolete.
b. pathetic fallacy n. the attribution of human emotion or responses to animals or inanimate things, esp. in art and literature.First used by John Ruskin.
†4. Perhaps: causing a physical sensation; affecting the bodily senses. Obsolete. rare.
5. Anatomy. Designating the trochlear (fourth cranial) nerve, and the superior oblique muscle of the eye which it supplies. Now rare.Cf. quot. 1681 at sense A. 3a, and pathetical adj. 4.
a. colloq. Miserably inadequate; of such a low standard as to be ridiculous or contemptible.
b. Designating or relating to art, music, etc., which is expressive of failure, inadequacy, or alienation. Esp. in pathetic art, pathetic rock.
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